The Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative creates a healthier, more breathable and environmentally green campus for our entire community. There is no risk-free level of second-hand smoke, and in forming a tobacco-free environment, breathe well saves lives by cutting down on the leading world-wise cause of preventable death.
As a leader in health and health care, as well as environmental research, policy, practice and education, UCLA has a responsibility and commitment to lead the way in reducing tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure for our students, faculty, staff and visitors.
This policy is about creating a healthy environment for all those who learn, work, and spend much of their time at UCLA. Creating a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff is our priority. This policy does not require tobacco users to quit; they just cannot use tobacco on UCLA property.
As stated in section IV, item two of the tobacco-free campus policy, ceremonial use of tobacco is permitted when approved by the sponsoring department and UCLA Events. Ceremonial use is defined as tobacco use in religious, cultural or ethnic events. Those seeking approval must submit the completed Tobacco Ceremonial Approval form to the Events department by mail or fax. The form requires the signature of a representative of the department sponsoring the event. The sponsoring department must also receive a copy of the completed and signed form.
Chair, Tobacco-Free Campus Steering Committee
Michael K. Ong, M.D., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at
the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. His
research interests focus on improving the delivery of appropriate and
efficient health care by general internal medicine physicians. His
research has applied this focus in several areas of general medicine,
including hospital-based care, mental health, and tobacco control. He
is currently Chair of the State of California Tobacco Education and
Research Oversight Committee, which oversees programs funded by
Proposition 99 including the California Tobacco Control Program.
Co-Chair, Tobacco-Free Campus Steering Committee
Dr. Linda Sarna, Acting Dean, Professor and Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Endowed Chair at the UCLA School of Nursing and chair of the Tobacco-Free Policy Steering Committee is internationally recognized for her research in oncology nursing and her involvement in tobacco control. She led the first- ever national program to help nurses quit smoking and promoted the role of nurses in tobacco control in a monograph for the World Health Organization on reducing non-communicable diseases.
Dr. Sarna leads research efforts to increase nursing interventions to help smokers quit in the US and internationally, in China, the Czech Republic, and Poland.
Dr. Sarna has received numerous honors, including the 2008 Oncology Nursing Society Distinguished Research Professor. She collaborates with national and international nursing organizations on tobacco control policies.
Elloi DeLos Reyes
Administrative Coordinator of UCLA Tobacco-Free Initiative
Elloi delos Reyes has a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and is currently the Administrative Coordinator of the UCLA Tobacco Free Initiative. She has been in UCLA for 10 years working in diverse areas of our university.
Tobacco-Free Campus Steering Committee
There are many Bruins who works toward ensuring that UCLA can Breathe Well by serving on the Tobacco-Free Campus Steering Committee.
Explore what the research says about tobacco use and its effects on your body and the environment.
See what the US Surgeon General's reports say about various tobacco-related topics below:
>Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults
>How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease (biology and behavioral basis for smoking attributable disease)
>The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke
>The Health Consequences of Smoking
Read these recent studies selected by the UCLA Tobacco-Free team about the effects of tobacco use:>Carter, B. et al (2015) Smoking and Mortality - Beyond Established Causes
Ready to quit and want to learn how? There is no need to go cold turkey with all of these public resources available just one click awayNEW Presentations:
>E-Cigarrettes: The Vapor This Time? Learn about the history, economics and effects of e-cigarrettes
By Phillip S. Gardiner, Dr.P.H., University of California, Office of the President
>Wild West of E-Cigarrette Marketing: Implications for Public Health: Learn about the marketing of e-cigarrettes and the associated public health issues
By Rachel Grana, PhD, MPH, University of California, San Francisco
>Become An Ex Smoker
Find information on the cutting-edge tobacco-related research being conducted through by the University of California:
>Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program
Find information on the California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN), a group dedicated to supporting youth and young adults by advocating for a tobacco-free California:
>California Youth Advocacy Network
If you served in the US Armed Forces, there are tobacco cessation resources specially designed for your needs, find out more below:
Explore the helpful resources available through the California Department of Public Health:
>CA Department of Public Health Tobacco Programs
Access tobacco cessation resources for the LGBT community:
>The Network for LGBT Health Equity
>LGBT Communities and Tobacco Use
Explore the programs available for teens who wish to quit smoking:
If Chinese, Korean, or Vietnamese is your primary language, check out this helpline which offers help in those languages:
>Asian Smokers Hotline
Information about smokeless tobacco and cancer can be found at the National Cancer Institute's website:
>National Cancer Institute
Find even more of the information about smokeless tobacco:
>Division of Periodontology, Univ of Minnesota
Top Facts about spit / smokeless tobacco by the Bacchus Network; includes snus:
>Tobacco Free U
Get the Facts and Ditch Dip for a Day…or for good. Get info from the US Dept of Defense:
>U Can Quit 2
Apps for your smart phone or tablet to help you quit:
Get text messages to help you quit smoking:
Read tips from former smokers to help you quit:
How to Talk about Smoking on Campus:
American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF)
As of April 22, 2013, UCLA is a tobacco-free campus, a change that confirms UCLA’s commitment to saving lives and creating a healthy environment for the thousands who learn, work, live and spend time at UCLA.
This change comes as a result of UC President Mark Yudof’s charge to all UC campuses to go smoke- and tobacco-free by January 2014. As the first of the UCs to go tobacco-free, and as a leader in health and health care, as well as environmental research, policy, practice and education, UCLA has a responsibility to demonstrate leadership in reducing tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. Going tobacco-free supports the goals of our Healthy Campus Initiative in contributing to the health and wellness of our entire community.
The devastating health consequences of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke are well known, and evidence shows that more people will quit in a tobacco-free environment. Curbing tobacco use and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke are vital to reducing tobacco-related diseases, suffering and death. According to reports by the U.S. Surgeon General and others, there is no safe level of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, which is capable of causing cancer.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently called for smoke- and tobacco-free policies at all universities across the United States. UCLA will join over 1,000 other colleges and universities that are already smoke- or tobacco-free.
This policy is about creating a healthy environment for the tens of thousands who learn, work, and spend much of their time at UCLA. Creating a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff is our priority. This policy does not require tobacco users to quit; they just cannot use tobacco on UCLA property. View the policy online at http://www.adminpolicies.ucla.edu/app/default.aspx?&id=810
What does it mean to be tobacco-free?
Use of all tobacco products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes, is prohibited on all UCLA owned or leased property as of April 22, 2013. This refers to all parts of the UCLA Campus, including campus buildings, private residential facilities, parking areas, and grounds areas. This also includes all other University owned or leased property or facilities operated by UCLA staff or faculty in support of UCLA administrative, teaching, research, medical care or other public service functions or to provide private residential facilities for UCLA students, faculty and staff.
Anyone on UCLA property is subject to the policy, including students, employees and visitors. The policy will be initially educational rather than punitive and successful implementation of the policy depends on the cooperation and engagement of all community members in spreading awareness that UCLA is now a tobacco-free zone.
Who will be affected?
Everyone at UCLA including students, faculty, staff and visitors will be affected, including those located in off-campus properties. According to a 2010 UC survey, 7.9% of undergraduates over age 18 had used tobacco within the past month. According to the California Department of Public Health, 11.9% of adults in California use tobacco. With a 12% prevalence rate, this would mean that here at UCLA we have approximately 8,640 smokers, not including patients and visitors.
How will the policy be enforced?
The enforcement of this policy will be initially educational, focused on informing all members of the UCLA community and visitors to campus of this new policy. New language is being added to the Student Code of Conduct and the Employee Handbook to cover this policy. As with all policies, all students and employees are expected to comply. The administration and tobacco-free campus committee will review these strategies after the policy takes effect and determine if further enforcement protocols are necessary. All complaints can be referred to the Tobacco Free Policy Steering Committee at email@example.com.
Will there be designated smoking areas on campus?
No. The use of tobacco will be prohibited on all property owned or leased by the university.
Does this policy apply to city owned streets and sidewalks?
No. The university has no jurisdiction over the use of city owned streets and sidewalks. However we do ask that smokers be considerate of our neighbors in the Westwood community if they go off campus to smoke.
What cessation support will we provide for students?
UCLA is committed to providing cessation support for all interested students. We are offering free NRTs (nicotine replacement therapy starter kits) to all students through the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center. A signature and ID is needed to receive the NRTs. The Ashe Center will also be offering clinician care, prescriptions and counseling support. Please visit the Ashe Center Student Health Website for more information. All tobacco users who want to quit are encouraged to call the free California Smokers Helpline, 1-800-NO-BUTTS, available in multiple languages.
What cessation support will we provide for employees?
UCLA is committed to providing our faculty and staff with a tobacco-free environment.
All UCLA-provided health plans offer quit support, shown in the chart below. This handout is available on the UCLA Tobacco-Free website at www.tobaccofree.ucla.edu . UCLA also encourages use of California’s free Smoker’s Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS, available in multiple languages.
What about tobacco users who don’t want to quit?
This policy doesn’t demand that tobacco users quit, they just can no longer use tobacco on the UCLA campus. Just as tobacco users need to prepare to address nicotine withdrawal symptoms when they fly across country or are in other smoke-free zones, tobacco users will need to prepare to be tobacco-free on campus.
Does the evidence support risk of exposure of secondhand smoke?
According to the Surgeon General and other reports, there is no safe level of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, and environmental tobacco smoke is capable of causing cancer. The American College Health Association recommended that all colleges and universities attempt to achieve a 100% tobacco-free environment, indoors and outdoors.Information about the health risks of secondhand smoke, including reports from the Surgeon General, and other research studies can be found at www.tobaccofree.ucla.edu. .
Why are electronic cigarettes and smoke-less tobacco products included in the policy?
These products were specifically included in President Yudof’s charge to create tobacco-free policies for all of the campuses. Electronic cigarettes contain nicotine, are not approved by the FDA and have not been recommended to support quit efforts. We want to steer tobacco-users toward proven methods of quitting.
Isn’t tobacco use a legal right?
Tobacco is a legal product for adult use, however the university can legally establish policies regarding tobacco use on its property for the help of the campus community, much like it can regulate alcohol.
How should I approach someone who is smoking or using tobacco products on campus?
We ask that our entire community aid in informing others on campus about our tobacco-free policy. If you see someone using tobacco at UCLA, you can politely let them know that UCLA is a tobacco-free campus and ask them to please refrain. Possible approaches include: “Did you know that UCLA is now tobacco-free? Could you please dispose of that cigarette/tobacco product?” or “UCLA is now a 100% tobacco-free campus. Please don't smoke/use tobacco here.” Informational cards will be available to hand out. While not everyone will feel comfortable approaching tobacco users, all students, faculty and staff are expected to comply with the policy and refrain from using tobacco.
What about our neighbors?
UCLA asks that our students, faculty, staff and visitors respect our Westwood neighbors and help maintain a positive relationship with them. We ask that members of our community not litter or congregate on others’ properties. The university additionally asks that smokers and other tobacco users be careful to dispose of cigarettes or other trash properly. We have reached out to our neighbors to inform them of our upcoming policy and encourage open communication of any problems.
If an employee chooses to continue to use tobacco and does not have enough time during breaks to step off campus, how does the supervisor respond?
The University is aware that nicotine is a highly addictive drug and waiting until lunch or after work will be extremely difficult for some. Supervisors should encourage employees to prepare to handle cravings during the workday. Nicotine replacement measures like Nicorette gum or lozenges are encouraged for times when it is inconvenient to smoke.
The policy requires that students, faculty and staff step off campus to smoke. What about the personal safety of these individuals?
As in any large city, it is vitally important that all individuals consider their safety and well-being both on and off campus. During the workday, nicotine replacement lozenges, gums, patches, inhalers and others are alternate options to leaving campus.
For those who choose to leave campus at night to smoke, please view the evening van service route, along with the locations of all emergency phones at http://www.ucpd.ucla.edu/evening_van_service_map.pdf.
If you have further inquiries please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
UCLA is committed to providing cessation support for all interested students, staff and faculty.
UCLA provides prescriptions and support for students through the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center and for staff and faculty through Occupational Health Services. All UCLA provided health plans offer quit support to both students and employees.
All tobacco users who want to quit are encouraged to call the free California Smokers Helpline, 1-800 NO-BUTTS, available in multiple languages.
Smoking Cessation Resources for UCLA Students with UC SHIP health insurance:
>UC SHIP Tobacco Cessation Benefits
UCLA Health System Resources:
>Info For Healthcare Providers
>Info for Patients
>Smoking Cessation Treatment
>UCLA Smoke-Free Champions (UC healthcare professionals have pledged to serve as advocates to assist patients with the smoke-free transition)
Mapping Tobacco Hot Spots and Cigarette Counts
>Tobacco Free Student Action Team
How to Talk about Smoking on Campus:
>Videos on Smoke- and Tobacco-Free University of California
What comes to mind when you hear, "tobacco?"