UAA Smoke and Tobacco-Free

Out of respect for others and the campus environment, tobacco use and smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes and similar products are prohibited on university property (UA BOR Policy P05.12.102).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why a smoke and tobacco-free UAA?

    Why a smoke and tobacco-free UAA?

    A smoke and tobacco-free UAA is about respect for others and the campus environment. Cigarette trash is considered the number one source of litter in the world. Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in the U.S. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.

    Research shows UAA students with challenged respiratory conditions or cardiovascular disease are double the number of smokers on campus. For faculty and staff with those particular health conditions, the numbers are triple those of smokers on campus.

    A smoke and tobacco-free UAA helps both nonsmokers and smokers. Research shows that even 20 minutes of not smoking helps improve smokers’ health.

    The new smoke and tobacco-free policy encourages health and safety and promotes a supportive environment that helps those who want to quit and prevents young people from smoking and using tobacco in the first place.

    Sources

    • Summex Health Management assessment - UA employee wellness (2007)
    • National College Health Assessment - UAA student health (2009)
    • U.S. Surgeon General’s Report (2012)
    • Ocean Conservancy
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Where can I smoke or use tobacco after Nov. 19, 2015?

    Where can I smoke or use tobacco after Nov. 19, 2015?

    The smoke and tobacco-free policy will be in effect for all UAA properties and surrounding areas, which include the UAA main campus and UAA student housing, University Lake buildings, Aviation Technology, 1901 Bragaw Office Building, UAA section of the University Center, the Alaska Airlines Center, and all UAA extended sites subject to lease agreements. 

    The policy is about respect for others and the campus environment.

    Students, faculty, and staff can purchase nicotine gum ($2 for 10 pieces) at the Student Health Center (located at Rasmuson Hall) during business hours.

    If you decide to use tobacco, please note that the UAA smoke and tobacco-free policy DOES NOT apply to:

    Littering an area with, or with the remains of, tobacco-related or smoking-related products on campus is also prohibited and carries a $50 fine.

  • Does the new policy include e-cigarettes?

    Does the new policy include e-cigarettes?

    Yes. The new smoke and tobacco-free policy includes e-cigarettes and similar products.

    The new policy states: 

    “Smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying of any lighted or heated or vaporized tobacco-related product or non-tobacco plant product, or operating an electronic smoking or vaping device, instrument or apparatus which can be used to simulate the experience of smoking, or which can be used to house a liquid containing nicotine for delivery in any form to the user, including but not limited to hookahs, water pipes, e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, and vape pens.

    E-cigarettes are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for tobacco use cessation or harm reduction. For assistance in quitting tobacco use, please see cessation resources below.

  • Does the new policy include marijuana?

    Does the new policy include marijuana?

    Possession or use of marijuana on university property remains prohibited.

    The Office of the Dean of Students and Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Development issued this statement:

    "While the laws of the state and local communities are changing, UAA's policies and regulations regarding marijuana remain unchanged. Possession or use of marijuana on university property is prohibited. Students cannot possess, use, distribute, or be under the influence of marijuana on UAA property or at UAA events. UAA employees are subject to Drug Free Workplace requirements and UAA's Controlled Substance Testing Program."

  • How will the new policy be enforced?

    How will the new policy be enforced?

    UAA will follow the enforcement policy outlined by the UA Board of Regents for the first year of implementation. This enforcement relies on community support to help enforce the policy.

    However, it is the responsibility of every member of the university community (including visitors) to comply with the policy.

    Additional enforcement measures are currently under review to help enforce the policy in subsequent years. Feedback on these recommendations is welcomed. Furthermore, peer educators will help educate the UAA community regarding the new smoke and tobacco-free policy.

  • What happens to those who violate the policy?

    What happens to those who violate the policy?

    In the first year of implementation, those violating the policy will be informed of the new policy and made aware of quit help/cessation services support. After the first year, additional measures of enforcement may be implemented.

    Individuals who do not comply with the policy, repeatedly or deliberately, may be subject to the following actions.

    • Students will be referred to the appropriate university student affairs representative for educational resources with an emphasis on cessation.
    • Faculty, staff, and volunteers will be referred to their respective supervisors for appropriate action.
    • Contractors and vendors will be referred to their respective employers and/or Procurement and Contracting Services for appropriate action.
    • Visitors and guests may be required to leave the campus if they fail to conform to the tobacco-free policy or regulation.
  • How do I approach those violating the policy?

    How do I approach those violating the policy?

    1. GREET. Introduce yourself and let the person smoking or using tobacco know that UAA is now a smoke and tobacco-free campus.
    2. ASK. Once the person smoking or using tobacco is done, respectfully ask them to responsibly throw away litter in the trash. There is a $50 fine for littering on campus.
    3. ASSIST. Help the person violating the policy. If the person is ready to quit, let them know about the student health center or the HealthyRoads program for employees. If they’re not ready to quit, let them know they can go to their car or public sidewalks next time to smoke or use tobacco.
  • How do I get help if I want to quit?

    How do I get help if I want to quit?

    Cessation, or “quit smoking” services are currently offered for students through the UAA Student Health and Counseling Center (907-786-4040) and off campus through Alaska's Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW).

    Faculty and staff are encouraged to seek cessation services through the Healthyroads incentives program (1-877-330-2746) and health insurance resources in addition to Alaska's Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW).

    Students, faculty and staff should be on the lookout for events that will include free quit kits and other incentives.

    Quitting tobacco and need more support? Contact us for information on support groups and cessation classes.

  • How do I report those violating the smoke and tobacco-free policy?

    You can report those violating the policy using this link.

    Reporting Violators of the Smoke and Tobacco-Free Policy

    Please also contact us at breathe@uaa.alaska.edu to request a peer educator to help with policy compliance.

 

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