USC Upstate Tobacco-Free Campus Policy
The University of South Carolina Upstate is dedicated to
providing a safe, healthful, comfortable and productive learning, living and
working environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. According
to the World Health Organization (WHO), direct smoking is currently responsible
for approximately 3.5 million deaths worldwide each year. The
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that Environmental Tobacco Smoke
(ETS) is responsible for an estimated 53,000 deaths per year in
nonsmokers. In addition, the 1986 US Surgeon General’s Report entitled, The Health Consequences of Involuntary Smoking, concluded
the following: Involuntary smoking is a cause of disease,
including lung cancer, in healthy nonsmokers. The simple separation of
smokers and nonsmokers within the same airspace may reduce, but does not
eliminate, the exposure of the nonsmoker to ETS. In addition to
causing direct health and environmental hazards, smoking contributes to
institutional costs in other ways, including fire damage, cleaning and
maintenance costs and costs associated with employee absenteeism, health care
and medical insurance.
In light of this
information, and as part of a global wellness initiative for the University,
USC Upstate shall become a completely tobacco-free and
smoke-free campus. The policy expands
the 2011 smoke-free/tobacco-free policy to include the use of electronic
cigarettes (e-cigarettes) of any kind (either prescribed or non-prescribed electronic
nicotine delivery devices). The intent of
this policy is to create an environment that is conducive to quitting tobacco
use, promoting the prevention of tobacco use and preventing the risks
associated with exposure to secondhand smoke and vapors. This will be supported by ongoing
communications and cessation programs for those who desire to quit or abstain
from tobacco. Enforcement for the policy
is the responsibility of each member of the USC Upstate community. Faculty, staff and students are expected to
enforce the policy for their facilities and/or sponsored activities.
The provisions of this policy apply 24 hours a day, seven
days a week to all students, faculty, staff, visitors, volunteers, contractors
and vendors unless otherwise noted.
“Tobacco and smoking
products” include all tobacco-derived or containing products, including but not
limited to cigarettes (i.e. clove, bidis, kreteks), electronic cigarettes,
cigars and cigarillos, pipes, water pipes, smokeless tobacco products or substitutions
(spit and spitless, chew, pouches, snuff) or any other device intended to
simulate smoked tobacco. This does not
apply to nicotine replacement therapy, which is designed to assist tobacco
users to quite tobacco. Acceptable forms of nicotine replacement therapy
include prescription nasal spray and/or oral inhaler medications, nicotine gum,
transdermal nicotine skin patches and nicotine lozenges.
USC Upstate property
includes all owned or leased buildings (including all offices, classrooms,
laboratories, meeting rooms, residence halls, restrooms, lobbies, lounges,
cafeterias, hallways, stairwells, elevators, etc.), building entrances,
balconies, decks, patios, outside stairways to buildings and outdoor
passageways to entrances; buildings on land for use by the University; in all
University vehicles; sidewalks; parking lots; athletic venues; common areas;
and any and all land for use by the University, including campus "green
This also includes the areas of USC Upstate in
Greenville, the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics in
downtown Spartanburg and any other current or future USC Upstate owned or
Use of Tobacco
The use of tobacco
products is prohibited on university property. No ashtrays, receptacles or smoking shelters will be permitted.
The use of tobacco
products is prohibited in university-owned, operated or leased vehicles.
The use of tobacco
products is prohibited in personal vehicles parked on university property.
- The university
discourages the use of tobacco products by all covered individuals on
properties adjacent to the campus.
Support of Tobacco
- All tobacco
advertising, including flyers, posters, electronic media, University newspapers
and other publications etc., is prohibited on the USC Upstate campus and other
current or future USC Upstate owned or leased properties, as supported by the
University posting policy.
The sale of tobacco
products and tobacco-related merchandise (including logo items) is prohibited
on all USC Upstate property, as well as other current or future USC Upstate
owned or leased properties and at university-sponsored events, regardless of
the operating vendor.
- The free distribution of any tobacco product
is prohibited on the USC Upstate campus and other current or future USC Upstate
owned or leased properties, including to or by any clubs or organizations.
Tobacco industry and
related company sponsorship of athletic events is prohibited.
- USC Upstate campus organizations are
prohibited from accepting money or gifts from tobacco companies, or from
distributing free, reduced-price or fully priced tobacco products (including
all items containing tobacco as well as promotional products such as t-shirts,
This policy will be communicated to the campus community
- News and information
will be posted on the Tobacco-Free Upstate website at www.uscupstate.edu/smokefree.
References to this
policy will be added to student handbooks, orientation communications and other
publications as appropriate.
- Copies of this policy will be distributed
regularly to all students, faculty and staff.
- “Tobacco-free” and “No-Smoking” signs will be
posted throughout campus and in any and other current or future USC Upstate
owned or leased properties and all ash trays and “butt containers” will be
- The Visitor Center
and appropriate staff will assist in informing all visitors of the policy and
asking that they comply while on any university property. All community members are encouraged to
assist with the education of visitors and volunteers regarding our policy.
- A provision will be
inserted in all contracts, e.g. dining, construction and/org maintenance, to
prohibit the employees of contractor/vendors from using tobacco products on USC
- All advertisements for recruitment of students
and employment of faculty and staff will denote that “USC Upstate is a
tobacco-free campus”. Communication tips for Upstate
community members to use in helping to enforce the policy will be available at
the Tobacco-Free Upstate website, www.uscupstate.edu/smokefree.
Tobacco Cessation Resources
The university will offer resources and support to assist
those tobacco users who desire to quit or abstain from using tobacco. Tobacco cessation resources and programs will
be promoted or offered for university students, faculty and staff. Many of these programs are offered at little
to no cost. Referrals may be made to
Health Services at (864) 503-5191. Additional resources are outlined on the Tobacco-Free Upstate website, www.uscupstate.edu/smokefree.
- The Chancellor, Vice
Chancellors, Deans, Departments Heads and other Supervisors will communicate
this policy to all faculty and staff members of their respective areas of
responsibility. Violations of this policy by faculty or staff will be the
responsibility of that individual’s supervisor.
Enforcement for the
policy is the responsibility of each member of the Upstate community. Faculty, staff, students and volunteers are
expected to enforce the policy for their facilities and/or sponsored
activities. Each individual should in a
consistent and civil way bring any infractions of this policy to the attention
of the person or person observed violating the policy. Faculty, staff and students are also expected
to assume leadership roles by adhering to the policy provisions and by
reminding others who are not in compliance of the policy provisions.
- In the event a
community member does not respond to a reminder, USC Upstate faculty, staff,
students and volunteers will assist in the enforcement of this policy by
reporting repeated violations to the appropriate body, as described in the
- Corrective actions
will include an educational component and, for those who wish to quit using
tobacco, referral to a tobacco cessation program. Referrals may be made to Health Services at
(864) 503-5191. For more information
refer to Section F of this policy.