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Frequently Asked Questions about the Tobacco Policy

Q: When does the tobacco-free policy officially start?
A: The Tobacco-free policy takes effect at USC Upstate on November 20, 2008 with The Great American Smoke-Out.

Q: Whom does this policy affect?
A: Students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the USC Upstate campus. We urge everyone to cooperate with civility and good will in complying with this policy.

Q: Does the smoke free policy include the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) of any kind (either prescribed or non-prescribed electronic nicotine delivery devices)?

A: Yes. Effective August 1, 2014, the tobacco free policy has been expanded 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.

Q: Is there anywhere I can smoke?
A: Tobacco use is prohibited in all USC Upstate owned or leased buildings (including in all offices, classrooms, laboratories, meeting rooms, residence halls restrooms, lobbies, lounges, cafeterias, hallways, stairwells, elevators etc.), building entrances, balconies, decks, patios and outside stairways to buildings and outdoor passageways to entrances; buildings on land for use by the University; all University vehicles; sidewalks; parking lots; athletic venues; common areas; and any and all land for use by the University land, including campus “green spaces”. This includes the areas of USC Upstate in Greenville, the Community Education & Outreach Center (CEOC) and any other current or future USC Upstate owned or leased properties.

Q: Can I smoke in my personal car?
A: Parking lots and other parking areas on land for use by the University are included in the smoking ban, however, there will be no effort to enforce the smoking ban in private vehicles as long as people are making a concerted effort to contain smoke and smoking materials inside of the vehicle (such as keeping windows completely closed and not disposing of waste on University property).

Q: Isn’t this a violation of my civil rights?
A: No. The Administration of USC Upstate has the authority to govern the use of University property and regulate its use.

Q: Why should I comply?
A: We hope civility and respect for others will guide all of us in developing a healthier USC Upstate community. We realize that this policy may be taxing for those who choose to use tobacco, but we hope that smokers will respect the right of their fellow members of the University community to breathe smoke-free air. We also recognize that having a tobacco-free environment moves our campus even more into alignment with the Americans with Disabilities Act because of the risks of smoke in the air to some people with certain disabilities. In addition, we hope that non-smokers and people who do not use tobacco products who feel compelled to remind people of the tobacco policy will do so with courtesy and civility.

Q: Do I have to quit using tobacco?
A: No. The University cannot force you to quit using tobacco, however, choosing to stop using tobacco products will make you and those around you healthier.

Q: What resources are available to help me stop using tobacco products?
A: There are a number of local, national and online resources to help you quit. Check out the Resources page to find links and contact information to some of the most useful.

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