Understand the definition of tobacco use. For purposes of this policy, “smoking” has the same meaning as in section 3794.01(A) of the Revised Code, which is the inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, or other lighted smoking device for burning tobacco or any other plant.
Make a Plan to Quit. If you currently use tobacco, UC can help you kick the habit. Several tobacco cessation resources are available to you at no cost, such as classes, support, medications, and more.
Be respectful of the policy. Consider what having a tobacco-free campus means. If you use tobacco or vape, please show your respect for our community by not smoking or vaping on (or closely nearby) campus. Smoking/vaping on sidewalks or across the street is clearly not in the “spirit” of the policy. Openly smoking/vaping in these areas sends a message of disrespect to fellow faculty, staff and students in the UC community.
Show pride in our campus. UC is ranked as one of the most beautiful campuses nationwide and we are fortunate to work in such a picturesque environment. When UC becomes tobacco-free, receptacles will be removed to discourage smoking on campus. Throwing cigarette butts on the ground damages the environment and greatly diminishes the beauty of our campus. It also has a substantial impact on our maintenance staff who work so hard to keep our campus clean and beautiful.
Be safe. Throwing butts into bushes or smoking in wooded areas is a serious fire hazard. Please exercise safety and respect the policy by not smoking on campus.
Report hot spots. Tobacco use that is still occurring on campus is often localized in certain areas (hot spots). If you notice an area of concern, you can report the activity to the Tobacco Free UC Steering Committee at this email address email@example.com. Additional signage may be added to those locations where smoking is reported to still be an issue.
Remind others that smoking/vaping is not allowed on our campus. Sample scripts and videos (see "Policy Resources" tab) are designed to help you approach smokers and inform them of the policy. Tobacco-free cards will also be available for distribution and provide a non-confrontational way to approach tobacco users (see "Policy Resources" tab).