Smoke-Free Workplace


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.

Public Building

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)].


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.


Smoking means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying of any lighted or heated tobacco product (traditional or e-cigarette), as well as smoking substances that are not tobacco, and operating electronic smoking devices and other smoking instruments.

To provide a smoke-free environment for its faculty, staff, students, patients, and visitors, UCSF is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is prohibited on University-owned or leased property, and in buildings, vehicles and moving equipment. This policy applies to all members of the campus community (including faculty, staff, students, patients, and visitors) at all UCSF sites.

Additionally, tobacco products may not be sold in any UCSF facility.

A. All faculty, staff, students, patients and visitors 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 Capital Programs. Additional signs are available from Campus Life Services—Wellness for departments and administrative units to post within their areas as needed.

C. Capital Programs 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.