550-10: Smoke-Free Workplace

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Provides for a smoke-free campus policy to minimize health risk, improve the quality of air, and enhance the environment in all facilities.


The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has adopted a smoke-free campus policy in order to minimize health risk, improve the quality of air, and enhance the environment in all facilities.


Any or all of the main centers of activity of the University under the jurisdiction of the Chancellor and includes University-owned or leased property, buildings, space, and University-owned passenger vehicles and moving equipment, including light and heavy trucks, cargo and passenger vans, buses, and any other mobile equipment with an enclosed or enclosable driver/passenger compartment. All UCSF Campus and Medical Center site locations are included.

All parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or resin. Such term does not include the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination.

Academic appointees, staff, students, trainees, volunteers, contractors, patients, visitors, and anyone else at UCSF.

A building owned and occupied, or leased and occupied, by the state. The definition of "state" or "state agency" includes each campus of the University of California as defined pursuant to Section 11000, the Legislature, the Supreme Court, and the Courts of Appeal. [Government Code Relating to Tobacco; Chapter 32 "Smoking in Public Buildings" 7596 (2)(b)].

The act of inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying of any lighted or heated plant product intended for inhalation, whether natural or synthetic, including tobacco or marijuana. This includes the use of any electronic smoking device that creates an aerosol or a vapor in any manner or in any form or the use of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking.

Any one of the following:

  • A product containing, made, or derived from the leaves of the genus Nicotiana or from synthetic nicotine that is intended for human consumption, whether smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, snorted, sniffed, or ingested by any other means, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, chewing tobacco, shisha, pipe tobacco, snuff, and all other forms of smokeless and oral tobacco.
  • An electronic device that delivers nicotine or other vaporized liquids to the person inhaling from the device, including, but not limited to, cigars, pipes, hookahs, and electronic smoking devices (e.g., electronic cigarettes).
  • Any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product, whether or not sold separately.

Tobacco product does not include a product that has been approved by the FDA for sale as a tobacco cessation product marketed and sold solely for such an approved purpose.

Smoking, heating, chewing, absorbing, dissolving, inhaling, snorting, sniffing, or ingesting by any other means.


To provide a smoke-free environment for its faculty, staff, students, trainees, patients, visitors, and other members of the UCSF community, UCSF is a smoke free campus. Smoking and tobacco use are prohibited in indoor and outdoor spaces of University-owned or leased property, including parking lots, buildings, vehicles, and moving equipment. This policy applies to all members of the UCSF community at all UCSF sites.

Additionally, the sale and advertising of tobacco products and marijuana is prohibited at all UCSF controlled properties.


A. All faculty, staff, students, trainees, patients, visitors, and other members of the UCSF community must observe this smoke-free policy. Supervisors are responsible for enforcing this policy in their respective areas, and for addressing problems through the existing administrative structure.

B. "No smoking" signs will be posted and maintained in public areas by Facilities Services. Additional signs are available from Campus Life Services—Wellness & Community for departments and administrative units to post within their areas as needed.

C. Facilities Services is responsible for ensuring that signs are displayed clearly at all entrances to the campus, as well as in other conspicuous locations, to notify the public that smoking is prohibited.

Related UC Policy

University of California Smoke & Tobacco Free Environment Policy

UCSF Medical Center Administrative Policies (UCSF Health employee access only):