Frequently Asked Questions

Why?
UC Irvine is committed to providing a healthy working, learning and living environment for all members of the campus community and its visitors. Smoking-related illness, including those related to tobacco smoke, comprises the largest proportion of preventable diseases. As a leader in health and health care, as well as environmental research, policy, practice and education, UC Irvine has a responsibility to demonstrate leadership in reducing tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure for our students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Who?
This affects everyone on UC Irvine property, including students, faculty, staff, guests and visitors. We ask that all tobacco users be respectful of our initiative.

What?
This policy prohibits smoking on all campus properties including all indoor and outdoor areas.

Where?
Smoking is prohibited everywhere on campus and at properties owned or leased by UC Irvine, including all parking lots.

When?
UC Irvine, as well as the rest of the UC system, is smoke free as of Jan. 1, 2014, and now is in alignment with the UC Irvine Medical Center, which implemented a smoke-free environment in September 2006.

How?
Enforcement is educational; all students, faculty, staff and visitors are expected to abide by current policies.

Are resources available to faculty, staff and students who want to stop smoking?
The UC Irvine Health Education Center provides printed resources and other cessation information for students affected by this policy; UC Irvine Worklife and Wellness Program provides the same resources for faculty and staff. All members of the campus community, including visitors, are encouraged to call the California Smoker's Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887).

What about e-cigarettes?
Electronic smoking devices (e.g., e-cigarette, vapor cigarette, personal vaporizer or PV) are included in the prohibition.