The on-campus smoking ban continues with the announcement that all 10 of the University of California (UC) campuses will be smoke-free within the next two years. This announcement comes just weeks after Atlanta’s Emory University announced a similar smoking ban. Nearly 600 college campuses are either smoke-free or on their way to becoming smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.
Administrators at each of the University of California campuses — which include Berkeley, UCSD and UCLA — will be responsible for creating and implementing their own policies. UC President Mark Yudof would like to see this process completed within the next 24 months.
Yudof explained the reason behind his decision in a letter delivered to campus chancellors:
“As a national leader in healthcare and environmental practices, the University of California is ready to demonstrate leadership in reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. Offering a smoke-free environment will contribute positively to the health and well-being of all UC students, faculty, staff, and our patients and visitors.” Source: The Daily Californian
The letter goes on to list several stipulations that must be included in each policy, including a ban on the use of e-cigarettes, the prohibition of tobacco advertisements on campus and the availability of smoking cessation resources to staff and students.