The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) puts efforts to become totally smoke-free. Thus all universities in the 10-campus UC system will be officially designated as non-smoking from January 1, 2014. The new anti-smoking policy bans use of all forms of tobacco in campuses of the university. Thus those who will be caught using pipes, cigarettes, water pipes, hookahs, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes will be in violation of the policy.
The adopted anti-tobacco policy helps the university join 1,100 other colleges and universities throughout the USA that have already implemented such regulations in order to reduce secondhand smoke exposure on campus. The proposal to make the university smoke-free came from former UC President Mark G. Yudof back in January 2012.
Today 8% of UC students and 10% of UC employees smoke cigarettes and these numbers place the University’s members below the respective national averages of 16% and 12% respectively.
The new anti-tobacco policy adopted by UCSB states that smoking will be banned in all buildings of the university, all vehicles owned or operated on university grounds. Besides this, smoking will not be permitted within 20 feet of building entrances and windows. In places with outdoor seating, 50% of the space will be tobacco-free.
Smoking will be permitted in student and private residences that are specifically designated as smoking areas. This year, UCLA was the first UC campus to introduce the smoking ban, and several other schools have followed the example, passing smoke-free policies before the ban comes into action officially in 2014.
However, the new ban includes ban on advertising of tobacco products in on-campus publications. Exception make non-campus newspapers and magazines on sale in campus shops. The sale or distribution of any smoking items on campus will also be prohibited.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs John Longbrake said the main aim of the policy is to provide healthy environment for all campus community members.
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