University of California, Riverside

Tobacco Free



UC Riverside Policy on Smoking/Tobacco Use


UC Riverside Becomes a Smoke/Tobacco-Free Campus on January 2, 2014

As of January 2, 2014, the University of California is Tobacco-Free. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and unregulated nicotine products are strictly prohibited.

The University of California, Riverside is committed to providing students, faculty, staff and visitors with a smoke- and tobacco-free environment. Under the authority of California Government Code 7597.1, smoking and the use of all tobacco products, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e.g., "e-cigarettes") are prohibited anywhere on campus, which includes all interior buildings, outdoor areas, sidewalks, parking lots, and residential housing areas.

Violations of this policy by students, faculty and staff may result in university disciplinary action. Campus visitors will be asked to comply with the policy or leave campus.

A smoke/tobacco-free environment is an essential element to creating and maintaining a culture of health and safety at the university.

We ask that you not smoke or use any tobacco products on campus.

Download and read a PDF of the Campus Tobacco & Smoking Policy

What the Policy Means

All UCR-owned and -leased facilities, buildings, grounds and athletics properties are smoke/tobacco-free, regardless of whether or not notices are posted.

Non-permitted Items and Activities

  • All forms of tobacco, including but not limited to:
    • cigarettes
    • cigars
    • pipes
    • hookahs
    • electronic cigarettes
    • all forms of smokeless tobacco
  • Tobacco use includes smoking, chewing, dipping or any other use of tobacco products.
  • Smoking refers to inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying of any lighted or heated tobacco product, as well as non-tobacco smoking substances and smoking instruments.

Additional Restrictions

The policy also applies to the use of any tobacco brand or corporate name, trademark, logo, symbol, motto, or messaging that is identifiable with any brand of tobacco product or company which manufactures tobacco.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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