Physical Environment and Properties

Environmental Health & Safety

Sec. 903-14: Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment Policy and Procedures

Responsible Administrator: Assistant Vice Chancellor - Environmental Health & Safety and Risk Services
July 2017

References / Resources

Contact: EH&S at (949) 824-6200 or safety@uci.edu

A. Purpose and Scope

Effective January 2, 2014, the University of California issued the systemwide Policy on Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment which requires all UC campuses to implement local policies and procedures. Based on healthcare and environmental considerations, the UC policy is intended to provide healthier, safe and productive work and learning environments for the UC community.

UC Irvine is committed to the promotion of health and wellness, which includes prevention as well as treatment of diseases. Tobacco-related illness, including those related to tobacco smoke, comprises the largest proportion of preventable diseases. These Policy and Procedures set forth the responsibilities of the members of the UCI community for establishing and maintaining a smoke and tobacco free environment. They apply to all students, staff, faculty, contractors, volunteers, and visitors.

B. UCI Policy

UCI endeavors to maintain a safe and healthful environment. As a leader in health-related research, teaching, and patient care, UCI has a special institutional obligation to maintain such an environment. Consistent with this obligation, UC policy and State law:

  1. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, electronic smoking devices (e.g., E-cigs, vapor cigarette, personal vaporizer, PV, or hookah), and the use of nicotine products not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for cessation or to help people quit tobacco, and marijuana or other plant-based products, are prohibited on all UCI controlled properties. This includes all indoor and outdoor spaces, including parking lots, in which the University has a 100% ownership interest or an exclusive lease interest.
  2. Smoking and the use of tobacco are prohibited inside any vehicle owned, leased, or occupied by UCI (regardless of where the vehicle is situated), and inside any vehicle parked at a location where smoking and tobacco use are prohibited.
  3. Sale and advertising of tobacco, tobacco-related products, electronic smoking devices, and products related to electronic smoking devices are prohibited on all UCI controlled properties.

C. Responsibilities - Compliance and Enforcement

Compliance: All academic appointees, staff, students, alumni, vendors, contractors, volunteers and visitors entering UCI controlled properties must comply with UCI’s Policy.

Enforcement: Vice Chancellors, Deans, Directors, department heads and supervisors are responsible for enforcing this policy by ensuring that UCI community members under their respective jurisdictions are informed of, and comply with, this Policy.

D. Procedures

Any conflicts resulting from implementation of this Policy should be brought to the attention of the appropriate supervisory personnel (for example, Students to Student Conduct or Staff to Supervisor) and, if necessary, referred to the appropriate Vice Chancellor, Dean, Director, department head or supervisor for a decision.

UCI supports individual efforts to stop smoking and provides education to support and facilitate compliance with this Policy. UCI Center for Student Wellness and Health Promotion provides stop-smoking kits, printed resources, and other cessation information for all students affected by this Policy. UCI Worklife and Wellness Program provides the same resources for all faculty and staff.

E. Exceptions

Any exceptions to this Policy will be considered by the Campus Smoke & Tobacco Free Task Force. Possible exceptions include:

  1. Research involving smoking and tobacco products, may be permitted as required in connection with research approved by the UCI Institutional Review Board.
  2. Smoking and tobacco use may be permitted for the traditional ceremonial activities of recognized cultural or religious groups.