University of California, Riverside

Tobacco Free

Information for Smokers/Tobacco Users

As of January 2, 2014, the University of California is Tobacco-Free

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 change has been made to ensure the health and well-being of everyone on campus.

For those who wish to quit, there are several avenues to quitting available.

Learn How the Tobacco/Smoke-Free Policy will be enforced

Questions and Answers

Are smokers/tobacco users being singled out?

No. The rules on smoking/tobacco use are for the health and well being of everyone across the University of California, particularly non-smokers who do not wish to be subjected to the health hazard presented by tobacco use.

What if I don't want to quit smoking/using tobacco?

These rules do not prevent you from smoking in general, they only apply to smoking and tobacco use by individuals while on University of California property.

Why are e-cigarettes included in the policy?

The FDA does not consider e-cigarettes to be a safe nicotine delivery system or smoking cessation strategy and their use is prohibited on university property. For more information on E-cigarettes, watch this presentation from UCR Professor Prue Talbot about the devices.

Can I smoke in my car?

No, the prohibition on smoking and tobacco use includes the campus' parking lots and structures.

Are all UC's tobacco-free or just UCR?

While specific policies are being tailored to each university/facility, the policy will apply across the University of California, not merely at UC Riverside.

What authority does the university have to enforce the policy?

Under the authority of California Government Code 7597.1, the governing body of the University of California has the authority to set enforcement standards for the campus, including the imposition of fines.

Why not establish designated smoking areas?

While UCR has previously had designated smoking areas, the tobacco smoke does not just stay in a designated area. In order to protect individuals who do not wish to be subjected to second-hand smoke and the potential health risks associated with it, a campus-wide policy was put in place.

Isn't this about personal choice? Is the university infringing on my rights?

There is no moral judgement here. The university is not asking you to stop smoking/using tobacco in total, only that you abide by these policies while on UCR property and not subject others to the potentially harmful substances found in tobacco products, including second-hand smoke.

Isn't this the same as banning alcohol, fattening foods or sugary drinks? They are bad for you as well.

There are many things in life that are unhealthy, but second-hand tobacco smoke has been shown to cause harm to individuals who are not users.

My question isn't addressed here. Where else can I look?

Download our Quick Facts to see if your question is addressed. If it isn't, please send an email to the committee.

I would like to comment on the policy. Who can I contact?

Questions and comments can be directed to any member of the UCR Smoke/Tobacco Free Committee or by email at

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General Campus Information

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

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