To the UCLA Campus Community:
Upon recommendation of the UCLA Tobacco-Free Steering Committee led by Linda Sarna, Professor of Nursing, and following thorough review by faculty, staff, and students, I am pleased to announce that UCLA Policy 810: Tobacco-Free Environment will go into effect on April 22, 2013. It is fitting that UCLA will implement the approved policy on Earth Day, becoming the first campus in the UC system to fully adopt smoke- and tobacco-free guidelines.
With the new policy in place, the use of cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and all other tobacco products will not be permitted on campus and at other property owned or leased by the University. You may recall that in November 2011, UCLA Health Sciences instituted a smoke-free policy, and nationwide, more than 1,000 colleges and universities have adopted similar provisions.
The focus of the policy is on individual responsibility and education of employees, students and the public regarding the resources available to assist individuals with smoking cessation. Tobacco users on campus have access to a wide variety of free and low-cost support services, in addition to those provided by health insurance, to help them comply with the coming change.
Earlier this year, the Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) was launched. HCI is an integrated, campus-wide effort that supports members of the campus community and visitors in making informed choices about improving their health. UCLA’s decision to become a tobacco-free campus, along with HCI, brings us closer to our goal of becoming one of the healthiest universities in the country.
During our policy review period, we received many comments, with an overwhelmingly positive response to the proposed implementation of a tobacco-free policy. It is clear the UCLA community is deeply invested in creating—and supporting—a healthy environment in which to learn, work and live.
To answer a variety of questions that were received, we have developed a special website for Frequently Asked Questions and Answers and other tobacco-free resources at: www.tobaccofree.ucla.edu.
We can all be proud that on April 22, 2013, UCLA will become a tobacco-free environment and lead the way in promoting individual and civic wellness.
Gene D. Block