• Graphic with information about November being lung cancer awareness month
  • Graphic requesting peoples' feedback about the policy, which can be emailed to breathefree@ucdavis.edu
  • Smoke and Tobacco Free in 2014  over photo of students biking on campus
  • Smoke and Tobacco Free in 2014  over photo of redwood trees

For a healthier community and cleaner environment, UC Davis is 100% smoke and tobacco free.

Smoke and Tobacco Free Survey

Chancellor Gary May

Tell us what you think! Take the survey

As we approach the four-year anniversary of the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy, we want to hear from you! 

The Smoke and Tobacco Free Steering Committee is collecting data on how our campus community views how the policy is working. Results from this survey will assist the Steering Committee and Administration in determining if further strategies are needed to inform the purpose of the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy. This survey was originally distributed in 2015 and the results can be found here. Read the joint letter from Chancellor May and Provost Hexter here

Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey to offer your opinions about this policy and potential enforcement strategies. Upon completion, you will have the opportunity to enter into a drawing for one of four $50 gift cards to Target! Thank you for your assistance in this initiative. You may find the survey here

UC Davis Smoke and Tobacco Free Fellow

Fellow

President Napolitano launched the Smoke and Tobacco Fellowship as a pilot during the 2016/2017 academic year with four fellows. This year, the program has expanded to 10 fellows – one for each UC campus. The fellowships aim to build upon the successes of the University of California in tobacco control, notably the systemwide smoke and tobacco free policy enacted in 2014.

Marissa Greenband was selected as the 2017-18 UC Davis Smoke and Tobacco Free Fellow to lead a 1 year smoke and tobacco free project on our campus. Marissa holds her BA in Kinesiology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is currently Master of Public Health student at UC Davis.

Marissa’s overarching goals for this year include: Addressing policy compliance related to signage and enforcement; Expanding the reach of the policy into the community by involving off-campus housing; Re-distributing Smoke and Tobacco Free survey from 2015; as well as conducting quarterly environmental scans and cigarette butt pick-ups. 

Smoke and Tobacco Free Student Ambassadors

2015-16 Student Ambassadors

Breathe Free, in partnership with Heath Education and Promotion, coordinates the Smoke and Tobacco Free Student Ambassador Internship with graduate and undergraduate students. Based on best practices from other Universities that have smoke and/or tobacco free policies, an ambassador’s primary function is to encourage an environment of compliance for the UC Davis Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy through ongoing peer-to-peer interaction.

Ambassadors show leadership, professionalism, compassion and the desire to promote and celebrate a healthier campus. If you would like to learn more about future Smoke and Tobacco Free Student Ambassador internship opportunities, please email: breathefree@ucdavis.edu

How to Approach a Smoker on Campus

When UC Davis joined the rest of the UC's in going Smoke and Tobacco Free, our campus committed to an initial education and outreach based mode of enforcement. We encourage the campus community to support voluntary compliance through ongoing and resectful peer-to-peer interaction.

Be friendly and respectful when informing peers, staff, faculty and visitors about the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy. Remember, smoking and tobacco use is an addiction, which can be triggered by a number of things, including stress. The UC Davis Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is designed to provide a safe and healthy environment for the whole campus community and model healthy behaviors. 

The 2015-16 UC Davis Smoke and Tobacco Free Student Ambassadors produced this short video to highlight some positive examples of approaching a smoker on campus.

#ThisIsQuitting

This is Quitting

This Is Quitting

Research shows that around two-thirds of young adults who smoke are interested in quitting, however, some may be unaware of what resources are available to help them quit.

This is Quitting is a free, customizable smoking cessation tool that was designed for young adults. It is a cessation support app with an accompanying text messaging component that is now available on the UC Davis campus. This app meets young adults where they are – online and on social media.

This is Quitting

  • Tailored to quitting progress – individuals can set their own quit date
  • Proactive outreach with multiple scheduled messages per day
  • Get and share ideas on how to quit from quitters all over the Internet; Quitting stories in quitters own words
  • Be inspired to keep your own quitting going with real life success stories
  • Up-to-date, easy to understand info about smoking cessation medications

 Download the app and sign up with your UC Davis email address to get started today!

Students Conduct Environmental Butt Scans

Cigarette Litter behind Walker Hall

In February 2015, Health Education and Promotion student volunteers conducted environmental scans. During the first part of the scans, all cigarette butt litter that was found was picked up. Students returned 48 hours later and scanned the same area. Highlights included:

  • 1268 cigarette butts were collected between Walker Hall and Shields Library. 48 hours later, 350 cigarette butts were collected in the same area.
  • 252 butts were collected around Wellman Hall. 48 hours later, 60 butts were collected.
  • 148 cigarette butts were picked up around Hunt Hall. 48 hours later, 23 butts were collected.

On April 11th, 2015 a campus-wide cigarette butt clean-up was held. 24 volunteers picked up over 4,300 cigarette butts in just 2 hours. The volunteers were split into groups and the campus was split up into quadrants.

Thinking about quitting?

header image for Thinking About Quitting resources
  • Figure out how much smoking has cost you: Arizona Smokers' Helpline cost calculator.
  • Download smartphone apps that will quide you through the process of quitting smoking.
  • Find specific resources for students, faculty, and staff on our Ready to Quit? page.

Breathe Free video

Thumbnail screenshot of smoke and tobacco free video

This video, featuring Gunrock, was made by Aggie TV for the Smoke and Tobacco Free campaign. Many thanks to the staff at Aggie TV for their creativity and time.

Aggie TV
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"Smoking Kid" Video


This compelling short video was created by Ogilvy & Mather Bangkok, Thailand, for the Thai Health Promotion Foundation.