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Tobacco-Free Campus Policy

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 here.