Smoke-Free Policy Implementation Update

May 13, 2015

Dear Anteater Community:

About 17 months ago, our campus instituted the University of California’s smoke-free policy. We are happy to report more than 95 percent compliance, making UCI a healthier, more productive environment. We also know there is more work to do in order to achieve our goal of 100 percent compliance.

To date, our enforcement efforts have focused on information and education. But, beyond pointing out signage and distributing cessation resource cards, the full implementation of this policy requires the consistent cooperation of our entire campus community. The policy itself calls for deans, department heads and managers to demonstrate leadership in attaining further compliance. 

We have learned that adherence to the policy may be difficult for some – particularly newcomers and those here for short periods – and that there are places on campus where these people tend to congregate. We therefore plan to target these “hot spots” and communicate as directly as possible the purpose and importance of the policy, as well as the smoking cessation resources available.

These resources are available on an ongoing basis for those who request assistance. The UCI Health Education Center has printed and other information for students affected by this policy; UCI Worklife & Wellness Program in Human Resources provides the same resources for faculty and staff. The California Smoker’s Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887) is available to all members of the campus community, including visitors, who want to learn about its services. Links to information about these and other cessation resources – including newly scheduled smoking cessation workshops on May 21 – may be found at http://www.fm.uci.edu/programs/smoke-free/index.html.

We appreciate the feedback that we have received and encourage your input, anonymously or not, at http://forms.communications.uci.edu/smoke-free-feedback/ as we move forward.

We care about the welfare of all UCI faculty, staff, students and visitors. We thank you for helping in this effort to improve the health of our community.

Sincerely,

Smoke-Free Policy Task Force