In an effort to eliminate the hazardous effects of secondhand smoke, the Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson officially went tobacco-free on July 30, 2013.
The use of tobacco products is prohibited at the College of Pharmacy, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, College of Medicine-Tucson and the College of Nursing. Affiliated buildings are also included in the ban.
The new policy prohibits any tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smokeless or chewing tobacco and other products containing tobacco, on AHSC property. However, tobacco use in a personal vehicle is permitted.
"A tobacco-free campus creates a more healthful environment for all of us," says Andrew Comrie, UA senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.
The move to a tobacco-free campus follows a nationwide trend to prohibit smoking and other forms of tobacco use on campuses. Studies have shown that these policies can help employees quit smoking and reduce the amount of smoking among workers, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.