Voter-approved smoking rules say butt farther out

New voter-approved smoking regulations begin May 1 and will affect smokers at NAU facilities across the state.

The Smoke-Free Arizona Act prohibits smoking in public places and places of employment.

The new regulations also prohibit smoking within at least 20 feet of doors (except emergency exits), windows that are capable of being opened and ventilation systems. NAU’s residence halls, including family housing, already are smoke free.

Tribal lands are exempt from the new regulations, but most NAU facilities on reservation property are smoke free because they are in a school environment.

NAU policy already prohibits smoking inside all university vehicles.

During the week of April 23, staff from Capital Assets and Services will begin moving ashtrays and smoking receptacles and placing “No Smoking” signs in appropriate areas, according to the statute’s provisions.

Coconino County is charged with enforcing the regulations, but Human Resources personnel will serve as points of contact for campus inquiries. Call (928) 523-2223 or send an e-mail

More information is available at A copy of the law can be found online. If you are thinking about quitting smoking, visit