As a nationally recognized health care institution and health sciences university, UC San Francisco will be the first University of California campus to implement a tobacco-free policy.
Effective September 3, UCSF will require everyone who works and studies at UCSF, including faculty, staff, students, trainees, patients, contractors and volunteers, to be tobacco-free.
No one will be permitted to use tobacco products while on any University property or adjacent grounds, including during lunch and break times, whether on or off campus.
The goal of the tobacco-free policy is to improve the level of safety and air quality within the hospital, ambulatory clinics, campus buildings and grounds, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods.
Cigarette smoking has long been identified as the most important source of preventable disease and illness and premature death worldwide. Smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 443,000 American lives each year, including those affected indirectly, such as babies born prematurely due to prenatal maternal smoking and victims of "secondhand" exposure to tobacco's carcinogens, according to the American Lung Association.
Researchers at UCSF have long led the field of tobacco research and education showing myriad harmful short and long-term effects of cigarette smoking, second-hand smoke and other forms of tobacco use on health. Their leadership has helped inform policies and laws banning smoking in public places in the U.S and around the world.
Movement to Ban Smoking
UCSF took the first step to limit smoking on July 1, 2005, when it implemented a policy prohibiting smoking on campus grounds except for two designated smoking areas. The designated smoking areas were then removed in 2008 after UCSF scientists and staff urged campus leadership to protect the UCSF community from the dangers of smoking and second-hand smoke.
UC President Mark Yudof last year requested that chancellors at all 10 campuses work toward implemeting a smoke-free policy that also bans the use, sale and promotion of tobacco products on University property by 2014.
The movement to ban public smoking in health care organizations and higher education is expanding, as Cal State University Fullerton in August became the first Cal State campus to adopt a no-smoking policy. Smoking bans exist in 28 states, including California, which became the first state in 1995 to ban smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces. The statewide ban was extended to restaurants and bars in January 1998.
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