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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does "smoke and tobacco free" mean?
  • Smoke and tobacco free means that smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products and the use of unregulated nicotine products
    (e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices) are prohibited in indoor and outdoor spaces, such as parking lots and rental units on campus. The sale or advertising of tobacco products is prohibited in buildings owned or occupied by the university.
  • Why are e-cigarettes and vapes included in the policy?
  • Research shows that there are carcinogens in the vapor, even in the e-cigarettes that claim to be nicotine free. Studies have proven that false claims of “low” or “no nicotine” have been completely false. Further, the scientific community does not yet agree whether e-cigarettes are safe enough to be used as a cessation tool. The California Department of Public Health disseminated a Health Advisory in January 2015 advising against the use of e-cigarettes. The Advisory discusses several health risks including the toxicity of cigarettes and the harms from false marketing.
  • Where does the policy apply?
  • The policy prohibits smoke and tobacco use at all indoor and outdoor spaces owned or leased by UC Davis, including parking lots, streets, the UC Davis Medical Center (smoke free since 2008), and remote campus locations throughout the state and nation. The policy also applies to all housing buildings and facilities that are rented from the University.

    There are no designated smoking areas.
  • Why are there no designated smoking areas?
  • The policy was implemented system-wide across the whole UC system and none of the UC campuses are allowed to have designated smoke areas as part of the policy. Studies at other campuses have shown that designated smoking areas are not effective as they tend to concentrate second hand smoke in one area and the smoke can travel further than most people imagine. Furthermore, the size of the UC Davis campus makes designated smoke areas unpractical. Smokers would have to walk too far to reach a designated area.
  • What about the University's neighbors?
  • UC Davis asks that our students, faculty and staff help maintain a positive relationship with our neighbors that border the campus. Please respect our campus neighbors by not congregating in areas to smoke and not littering tobacco products on private property or city-owned streets and sidewalks. The City of Davis has its own no smoking ordinance in which smoking is prohibited in outdoor areas, and smoking, except while passing on the way to another destination. 
  • Isn't this a violation of my civil rights? Don't I have a right to smoke on campus?
  • There is actually no constitutional right to smoke or use tobacco, Tobacco users are not a category protected under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution, nor is tobacco use a protected liberty right under the Due Process clause of the Constitution. The university has the authority to govern the use of university property and facilities. This policy does not force smokers to quit, you still have the
    freedom to choose to smoke – the policy only prohibits the use of smoke and tobacco products on campus property.
  • Is smoking or tobacco use allowed in personal vehicles?
  • Smoking and the use of tobacco are not permitted in personal vehicles if the vehicle is on UC Davis property.
  • When did the policy go into effect?
  • UC Davis joined the rest of the UC campuses in going 100% smoke and tobacco free on January 1, 2014.
  • Who does the policy apply to?
  • The policy applies to everyone on any UC Davis property, in Davis and beyond, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors.
  • How is the policy being enforced?
  • Enforcement of the policy focuses on educating the community about the consequences of tobacco use and promoting smoking cessation resources. Enforcement is primarily educational. The success of this policy relies on the respectfulness, consideration and cooperation of both tobacco users and non-tobacco users. All members of the university community share the responsibility of adhering to and enforcing the policy and have the responsibility for bringing it to the attention of visitors and guests.
  • What should I do if I see someone smoking or using other tobacco products?
  • All members of the campus community are asked to help support the policy. If you see someone smoking, they might not be aware of the policy. Please remind them in a friendly way that:

     The campus became 100% smoke and tobacco free on January 1, 2014.
     The policy applies indoors and out, including parking lots and open spaces.
     They can learn more on the web at breathfree.ucdavis.edu, including how to get a free short-term supply of nicotine replacement therapy.

    There’s no need to lecture smokers on the dangers of tobacco use (most smokers already know this) nor
    engage in any debate about the policy itself. Just be friendly and understanding.
  • Should I report incidents of smoking?
  • Please use the Breathe Freeonline feedback form for sharing information about policy violations, giving suggestions, and asking questions. You won’t be asked to name names--the form does not ask for the name of the violator, just for details about observations or interactions with smokers.

    This feedback will help the campus determine future policy enforcement strategies, if needed.
  • My question isn't on this page. Who should I contact?
  • Please feel free to use our online feedback form for any questions, suggestions, and observations of policy violations that you may have. You will have the option to provide your email address if you want a personal response. You can also email breathefree@ucdavis.edu with general questions and comments.