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UC Santa Cruz Becomes a Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus 

Effective January 1, 2014, the University of California, Santa Cruz joins more than 1,159 colleges and universities nationwide by implementing a campuswide smoke & tobacco-free policy. This proposed policy is being adopted by all University of California campuses, labs and centers to improve the health and safety of all UC students, staff, faculty, patients and visitors. This proposed policy prohibits the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, snuff, snus, water pipes, pipes, hookahs, chew, and any other non-combustible tobacco product. Learn more about the Smoke and Tobacco-Free Policy.

Why is the UC going smoke and tobacco-free?
While the use of tobacco is a personal choice, the health hazards related to smoking and exposure to second- and third-hand smoke are well-documented. These hazards can affect not only the smoker, but also the nonsmoker who is exposed to the smoke. As a leader in health care and environmental practices, the university recognizes its responsibility to exercise leadership through the creation of a smoke-free environment for all students, employees and visitors at all University of California campuses, medical centers and facilities.

Key Elements of the smoke-free policy, from President Yudof's January 9, 2012 letter to the Chancellors

  • Smoke-free means that smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e.g., "e-cigarettes") will be strictly prohibited in indoor and outdoor spaces, including parking lots, private residential space, and the Medical Center campuses.
  • The policy will apply to all UC facilities, whether owned or leased. 
  • Sale and advertising of tobacco products must be prohibited in University-owned and -occupied buildings.
  • Enforcement should be primarily educational, with an emphasis on cessation resources.