Tobacco Free FAQs

What does a tobacco-free campus mean?

Smoking and the use of any tobacco product is prohibited on all University property and in any outdoor area controlled by the University. This rule is applicable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Questions? Call 801-581-6590 OEHS.

Why did the University of Utah adopt a tobacco-free campus rule?

As the State of Utah’s flagship University, and one of the largest academic and health care employers, the University is committed to creating a healthier campus and healthier Utah for our students, faculty, staff, patients, and visitors.

What are the benefits of a tobacco-free campus?

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. A tobacco-free campus protects members of our community from unwanted and involuntary exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke, while establishing a supportive, nonjudgmental atmosphere for those trying to quit. It also supports current sustainable green initiatives and compliments other University health and research projects, which are vital to our mission.

When does the tobacco-free rule go into effect?

July 1, 2018.

Who does this affect?

This rule applies to all students, faculty, staff, vendors, and contractors of the University.

What is considered University property?

University property includes any property owned, leased, or controlled by the University and includes but is not limited to: all buildings, vehicles, residential and recreational areas, athletic fields, parking lots, parking structures, streets, sidewalks, hospitals, and clinics. A campus map can be found at tobaccofree.utah.edu.

What is considered a tobacco product?

Tobacco products include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes, hookah, bidis, kreteks, smokeless tobacco (chewing tobacco, snus, snuff), electronic cigarettes, vape pens, and any unregulated nicotine-delivery product.

Are other colleges and universities tobacco free?

Yes. The University of Utah joins more than 1,800 colleges and universities nationwide that have gone 100% smoke and/or tobacco free, including the majority of PAC 12 schools. Tens of thousands of businesses, hospitals, and organizations have also gone tobacco free.

Do students, faculty, staff, patients, and visitors have to quit using tobacco?

No. The University is not asking anyone to quit. This rule promotes health across campus and simply means no one should use tobacco products on University property.

What resources are available to help those who want to quit using tobacco?

The University is committed to supporting those who want to quit using tobacco products. Visit the Quit Tobacco Resources page of tobaccofree.utah.edu for comprehensive cessation resources offered through student health services, employee wellness programs, the Employee Assistant Program, and the State of Utah.

How is this being communicated and implemented?

The University is an institution of higher education; therefore, education and awareness are key to communicating and implementing this rule. Our marketing campaign has begun, you may request posters from questions@oehs.utah.edu; urns are being removed and permanent signage will be installed over time. Visit tobaccofree.utah.edu and follow the University on social media for updates.

Who was involved in the rule-making process?

From the beginning, this has been a student lead initiative which grew to include representation across campus, including representatives from the Academic Senate, ASUU, Athletics, General Counsel, Human Resources, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety, Staff Council, Student Health, and University of Utah Health.

Were the opinions of faculty, staff, and students taken into account?

Yes. Feedback was collected across campus via town halls, in-person meetings, email, and social media. An Academic Senate Ad Hoc Committee was also formed to gather information, study recommendations, and propose amendments to the rule.

What happens if someone is using tobacco on campus?

Any individual may inform a tobacco user of the rule and respectfully request that they comply. They may wish to say, “Are you aware that the University is now a tobacco free campus? Would you mind respecting that? ”  If you do not feel comfortable approaching someone, don't sweat it; you are not required to confront anyone.