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Frequently Asked Questions

Why did UCM become a tobacco-free campus?
What does “tobacco-free campus” mean?
Are e-cigarettes allowed?
When did the policy become effective?
How is the policy enforced?
How should I approach someone who I see using tobacco on campus?
Who is affected by the policy?
Are there designated smoking areas?
May I use tobacco products in my own vehicle?
Do employees and students have to quit using tobacco?
How should managers/supervisors talk to employees about the policy?
What are other benefits of having a tobacco-free campus?
What was the process for the policy change?
What will the university do to help employees and students who may want to quit using tobacco products?
I don’t want to quit using tobacco but want to respect the policy. What suggestions do you have for how I can be more comfortable on campus without using tobacco?
Who should I talk to about questions or concerns that I have about the Use of Tobacco Policy?

Why did UCM become a tobacco-free campus?
UCM became a tobacco-free campus out of respect for students, faculty, staff, visitors, and the campus environment. 

What does “tobacco-free campus” mean?

Use of tobacco and smoking products (encompassing cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chew, snuff, snus, pipes, cigars, hookah, water pipes, etc.) is prohibited in all university owned, leased or controlled buildings, grounds and residences. Such products are not allowed in university vehicles and are prohibited in all outdoor areas of campus except for personal vehicles, the Keth Memorial Golf Course greens and fairways, and designated parking lots during designated public events such as commencement, sporting or performing arts events. The sale of tobacco is prohibited on university premises and tobacco advertisements in college-run publications are prohibited. The entire policy is available online.

Are e-cigarettes allowed?

This policy prohibits the use of e-cigarettes and any other nicotine delivery method not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as nicotine replacement therapy. Individuals who wish to use nicotine replacement therapy to assist with cessation or to be more comfortable on campus without using tobacco may use any form of prescription or over-the-counter medicine approved by the FDA for this purpose. If e-cigarettes are approved by the FDA as nicotine replacement therapy, they would then be allowed under this policy.

When did the policy become effective?

The new tobacco-use policy became effective January 1, 2014

How is the policy enforced?

Enforcement of the tobacco-free policy is the shared responsibility of the entire campus. The success of this policy depends upon the courtesy, respect, and cooperation of all members of the UCM community. As with all university policies, we expect that individuals will voluntarily choose to follow this policy out of respect for others and our campus community.

As an educational institution, we desire an educational approach to enforcement. Any member of the UCM community may inform individuals of the policy and politely ask for their compliance. In addition, specially trained administrative, faculty, staff and student leaders will walk the campus to respectfully inform individuals who are non-compliant about the revised policy, request voluntary compliance, and educate about options for being more comfortable on campus without using tobacco.

Individuals who refuse to comply or are consistently non-compliant may be reported through existing student, faculty, staff or guest administrative processes. In the rare event that an individual who is requested to comply with the policy becomes belligerent, the Department of Public Safety may be enlisted to offer assistance.

How should I approach someone who I see using tobacco on campus?

Respecting one another is the foundation of the tobacco-free policy. We can model respect in the way we help others learn about our policy.

  • Start by assuming the individual who is using tobacco is not aware that UCM has become a tobacco-free campus.

  • Approach the individual with the goal of helping them be compliant in the future.  Most individuals who use tobacco want to be respectful of policies and will comply with the policy when they become aware of it.

  • In a friendly, genuine tone and with a smile, you can say something such as, “Hi. I’m sure you don’t know we are now a tobacco-free campus. I thought you’d probably want to know.” You can also inform the individual that tobacco use is allowed in personal vechicles, and more information about the policy is available at ucmo.edu/free

  • Use caution not to be speak harshly or use aggressive body language when talking to an individual who is using tobacco.  These actions do not convey the message of respect we wish to promote.

Some people may feel nervous when talking to others about tobacco policy compliance.  If you would like more assistance learning how to talk to individuals about the policy, please contact the Office of Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention or Human Resources.

Who is affected by the policy?

Everyone who is attending classes, working at or visiting UCM is expected to abide by this policy, and will in turn reap the benefits of a healthier, tobacco-free campus environment. This also applies to temporary contracted employees.

Are there designated smoking areas?

There are no designated smoking areas on campus. However, the new policy allows for tobacco use in personal vehicles.

May I use tobacco products in my own vehicle?

Yes. Please refrain from discard tobacco litter on campus grounds.  

Do employees and students have to quit using tobacco?

Although the university encourages healthy lifestyles in all aspects of the lives of students, faculty and staff, UCM does not require any individuals to quit using tobacco products. Members of the UCM community are still free to use them at off-campus locations or in private vehicles.

How should managers/supervisors talk to employees about the policy?

It is recommended that managers/supervisors inform all of their employees about this policy in writing and in person. For more assistance learning how to educate individuals about the policy, please contact Human Resources or the Office of Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention

What are other benefits of having a tobacco-free campus?

  • A tobacco-free campus generates less waste and supports UCM sustainability efforts.  For example, in Fall 2013, over an 8-week period there were 5103 cigarette butts discarded at 18 campus locations.

  • This measure is endorsed by the top national health agencies, including the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association and the American College Health Association.

  • Tobacco-free campuses prepare students for future tobacco-free workplaces.  

  • The national standard for colleges and universities is transitioning toward campuses which do not permit smoking or use of tobacco products. Over 1000 colleges and university campuses across the nation are now smoke or tobacco-free, including many in Missouri. Many potential UCM students are seeking tobacco-free environments. 

What was the process for the policy change?

In October 2012, the UCM Board of Governors approved revisions to the Tobacco Use Policy after considering a recommendation by a university committee that was created to fulfill a request by the university president to evaluate the current Tobacco Use Policy 1.2.120. The 13-member committee made up of students, faculty, staff and bargaining unit members conducted research among other public and private institutions about best practices, and solicited input from campus during the fall 2011 semester.

What will the university do to help employees and students who may want to quit using tobacco products?

As an educational institution, UCM is committed to providing programs that educate and support individuals who are considering becoming tobacco-free. In addition to informational programs, printed and web materials, the university offers tobacco cessation programs.

I don’t want to quit using tobacco but want to respect the policy. What suggestions do you have for how I can be more comfortable on campus without using tobacco?

Some individuals use nicotine replacement such as patches, lozenges or gum to be more comfortable through the day. Others find it helpful to do deep breathing exercises, take a brief walk, or delay their tobacco use by doing another activity.

Who should I talk to about questions or concerns that I have about the Use of Tobacco Policy?

Your opinion and feedback are very important to us. We want to help you understand the policy and answer your questions. Please contact the University Policy Office for assistance.

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