From the Chancellor Tobacco-Free Policy Task Force

January 18, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

University of California President Mark Yudof has announced that all UC campuses are to become tobacco-free by January 2014. In his statement, President Yudof said "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." Throughout the nation, approximately 800 other colleges and universities are tobacco-free.

I have appointed Professor Joseph DiMento to chair the UC Irvine Tobacco-Free Policy Task Force, which is comprised of faculty, staff, and students. The task force is creating a tobacco-free policy and implementation plan that will become effective by January 2014. The policy may include bans on smoking, smokeless tobacco products, and unregulated nicotine products, e.g., "e-cigarettes," in all indoor and outdoor spaces, including parking lots, and undergraduate and graduate housing. The focus of enforcement of the policy will be educational, with an emphasis on cessation resources.

The Tobacco-Free Policy Task Force will invite the campus to participate in town halls to review and discuss the policy and implementation plan for UC Irvine. In the meantime, please feel free to share your comments, ideas, and feedback by emailing tobacco-free@uci.edu.

Chancellor Michael Drake