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Cheers to 3 Years!

Students Celebrate 3 Years Smoke Free

The start of the new year coincided with the 3 year anniversary of the UC Davis Smoke and Tobacco Free policy! Student Health and Counseling Services led this year's celebration in the lobby of the Student Community Center on January 11th, 2017. Volunteers asked students why they choose to be smoke and tobacco free and handed out resources. Cake was enjoyed by many.

Cheers to 3 years!

 

Smoke and Tobacco Free policy Progress Report

In order to evaluate the successes, challenges and overall experiences with UC Davis’ Smoke and Tobacco Free policy, a progress report was published 18 months post implementation.

Findings

Smoking prevalence is relatively low amongst the UC Davis community. 5.7% of UC Davis undergraduate students reported smoking a cigarette within the last 30 days. 7.6% of UC Davis employees (insured through Kaiser) identifed as a "current smoker" (2014). 

While a large number of people respect the policy and go off campus to smoke, a number of challenges have presented themselves since the policy’s inception. Compliance has been compromised by factors that leave expectations unclear and contentious feelings exist between smokers and non smokers. One of the most pressing issues with the policy is that of flagrant violators, and as there is no concrete enforcement structure in place, there is no way of holding people accountable for violating the policy.

Ongoing assessment of level of policy compliance, amount of smoking debris, attitude shifts, and implementation problems should be prioritized. Administrative support, campus buy-in, access to tobacco treatment and sustained communications will collectively contribute to a successful Smoke and Tobacco Free policy.

To read the full report, download the PDF

Great American Smokeout 2015

Balloon pop Flash Mob

Colleges Against Cancer Balloon Pop Flash Mob

During the week of November 19th 2015, Colleges Against Cancer, in partnerhsip with Saving Lungs Saving Lives, observed the Great American Smoke Out (GASO). GASO is an annual celebration to help the 42 million American smokers quit like a champion! Activites throughout the week included:

  • Kiss Me I'm Tobacco Free and Quit Like a Champion Photobooth
  • Cold Turkey Toss

The finale activity was a Flashmob in which student lined up in the Quad and popped a balloon every 8 seconds to signify the passing of an individual every 8 seconds from a tobacco related disease. 

These student groups worked together to highlight the dangers of smoking, challenges with quitting while providing support to their peers and promoting a healthier campus community!

AIR Training - Tips on Approaching Smokers

Developed by the University of California, the AIR (Approach, Inform, and Refer) training provides tips for talking with on-campus smokers and tobacco users.


This brief training provides a basic understanding of the AIR approach, offers tools and suggestions on how to approach and communicate with a smoker, and provides an opportunity to practice these strategies.

Click Here to view the course

  • Cake for the anniversary celebration

    Smoke and Tobacco Free turns 1!

  • Members from Saving Lungs Saving Lives help celebrate the anniversary

    Members from Saving Lungs Saving lives

  • Saving Lungs Saving Lives members interacting with students

    Activities for the Anniversary Celebration

  • Members from Colleges Against Cancer help celebrate the anniversary

    Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life

  • Facts about tobacco's effect on the environment

    Tobacco's effect on the environment

Smoke and Tobacco Free Turned 1 | January 20 - 22, 2015

An anniversary celebration for the UC Davis Smoke and Tobacco Free policy spanned three days in mid-January in the lobby of the Student Community Center. Cake was served on the first day and each day featured a different student organization that paired up with the Smoke and Tobacco Free Steering Committee.

Each group – Saving Lungs Saving Lives, Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life, and Campus Center for the Environment – presented its own information and activity. The Steering Committee provided information on cessation resources available at UC Davis and distributed “Quit Kits” and other swag from the campaign. The Steering Committee provided an additional activity focusing on the sneaky marketing techniques of Big Tobacco.

  • Photo of students lined up on the Quad

    Getting ready and lined up on the Quad before noon.

  • Photo of all the students in the event in a line

    Students in Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life and the Clean Air Coalition led the Great American Smokeout event.

  • Photo of two UC Davis staff members that work on the smoke and tobacco free policy, Keavagh Clift and Raeann Davis

    Smoke and Tobacco Free policy coordinator Keavagh Clift and Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Health Educator Raeann Davis.

  • Photo of a student about to pop a balloon to represent a person dying from tobacco use

    Every 8 seconds one student popped a balloon to represent a person dying from tobacco use.

  • Photo of a student about to pop a balloon to represent a person dying from tobacco use

    Every 8 seconds one student popped a balloon to represent a person dying from tobacco use.

  • Photo of a student about to pop a balloon to represent a person dying from tobacco use

    Every 8 seconds one student popped a balloon to represent a person dying from tobacco use.

  • Photo of a student about to pop a balloon to represent a person dying from tobacco use

    Every 8 seconds one student popped a balloon to represent a person dying from tobacco use.

  • Photo of a student about to pop a balloon to represent a person dying from tobacco use

    Every 8 seconds one student popped a balloon to represent a person dying from tobacco use.

  • Group photo of Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life and the Clean Air Coalition students.

    Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life and the Clean Air Coalition organized the event.

  • Photo of a student tabling at Colleges Against Cancer's "kissing booth."

    Throughout the week students from Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life set up a "kissing booth" and handed out Hershey's kisses.

  • Photo of two students tabling at Colleges Against Cancer's "kissing booth."

    Throughout the week students from Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life set up a "kissing booth" and handed out Hershey's kisses.

  • Photo of two students tabling at Colleges Against Cancer's "kissing booth."

    Throughout the week students from Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life set up a "kissing booth" and handed out Hershey's kisses.

The Great American Smokeout | November 20, 2014

Every 8 seconds someone passes away from tobacco use. 

For the Great American Smokeout, Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life and the Clean Air Coalition organized a "flash mob" on the Memorial Union east quad at noon. Students lined up along the walkway with balloons and every 8 seconds, for about five minutes, someone popped a balloon to represent the loss of another lfe.  

Throughout the week Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life also set up a "kissing booth" at the Quad and gave away (Hershey's) kisses.


Photo of smoke in the air

Smoking's $18.1 billion toll on California | October 15, 2014

UC Newsroom: Fewer Californians smoke today, yet smoking continues to take an enormous toll, triggering $18.1 billion in health care costs and lost productivity from illness and premature death.

In the first comprehensive analysis of the financial and health impacts of tobacco in more than a decade, UC San Francisco researchers found that smoking accounted for one in seven deaths in the state — more than from AIDS, influenza, diabetes, or many other causes. Read the full story on UC Newsroom's website.


Photo: Davis City Council members with the Chancellor and members of the Smoke and Tobacco Free Steering Committee

L-R: Councilmember Lucas Frerichs, Mayor Dan Wolk, Chancellor Katehi, Stacey Brezing, Dr. Roger Belcourt, Dr. Michelle Famula, Mayor Pro Tempore Robb Davis, and Councilmember Brett Lee during the proclamation ceremony.

Davis City Council honors Chancellor Katehi for our Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy | October 7, 2014

On October 7th the Davis City Council presented Chancellor Katehi with a proclamation in support of the smoke and tobacco free policy and the campus' committment to the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff and visitors. View the proclamation and video footage of the meeting.

One thing you can't miss from the recording is Dr. Andy Jones, University Writing Program lecturer and the City of Davis' Poet Laureate, reciting a poem he wrote about UC Davis, smoking, and Yul Brynner. As Dr. Andy explains in the video, Yul Brynner was a Russian-born actor who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The King and I. He started smoking at a young age (12 years old) and passed away in 1985 from lung cancer. A couple of months before he died, during an interview on Good Morning America, he was asked what he would tell smokers if he could speak to them after his death. He replied, "Now that I'm gone, I tell you: Don't smoke, whatever you do, just don't smoke." Read a 1986 Los Angeles Times article about him, "Yul Brynner's Posthumous Message," and watch the clip, which was made into an American Cancer Society TV message.

Read Dr. Andy's poem, "We need you, Yul Brynner."


Thank Goodness for Staff | May 7, 2014

Two photos of participants at TGFS

Shannon and Stefanie collected audio and photo stories at TGFS. Participants spoke or wrote about their thoughts on tobacco use. Responses can be found in our Stories section.


Relay for Life | May 3-4, 2014

Our Education for Sustainable Living (ESLP) students, Shannon and Stefanie, tabled at Relay for Life to collect stories from participants. We had a fun time watching the Zumba workouts and hearing people's thoughts about tobacco! Many thanks to Colleges Against Cancer for a great event!


Student wearing his Breathe Free happy lungs t-shirt

Wear your Breathe Free t-shirt for national Kick Butts Day! | March 19, 2014

March 19th is Kick Butts Day, a national event to fight against tobacco. It is a day of activism to help empower youth and to raise awareness about the problem.

Join UC Davis in celebrating the Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy on this national day by wearing your "Breathe Free" T-shirts around campus! For more information, visit Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life's Facebook event page


Thumbnail of ESLP flyer

Register for the Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP)! 

Diana Prince and Carol Shu are leading an Action Research Team (ART), Tobacco, Sustainability and Stories, for this spring's ESLP course! The goals of the ART are:

  • To increase awareness of needs for tobacco control and sustainable development through campus community engagement.
  • To apply a social-ecological perspective toward a local policy - the UC Davis Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy.
  • To utilize experimental learning opportunities for change locally, nationally, and globally.
  • To create a platform for student engagement that builds a culture of health and sustainability at UC Davis.
  • To keep the conversation going about UC Davis’ new Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy through the power of personal and collective stories.

Course number: LDA 98 // CRN: 43965. Learn more about the class here


Photo: students from ETX138 standing next to their poster

Environmental Toxicology student presentation | March 4, 2014

For Environmental Toxicology 138, Legal Aspects of Environmental Toxicology, students Alifia Merchant (Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry Graduate Group/Environmental Chemistry) Kelsey Lee (third year Environmental Toxicology major), Camy Fung (Chemistry major) and Minh Ly Le (third year Forensics major) chose "Development and Implementation of the UC Davis Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy" as their topic.

They presented their findings on March 4, 2014 at a poster session in Meyer Hall. Read their poster.


Policy Workshop | February 24, 2014

Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life and the BreatheFree team will be having a Policy Workshop on Monday, February 24 at 8 PM. This is for anyone who is interested in learning more about the Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy. If you are unsure about what you can do to help enforce the policy, you'll find the answers to any questions at the workshop! It will be a fun and interactive meeting and won't last too long so please join us! 

Where: Wellman 1
When: Monday February 24, 8 PM

For more information about Colleges Against Cancer visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RFLatUCDavis


  • Photo of students at the Colleges Against Cancer table for Tobacco Free Awareness Week

    Elizabeth Tran, Co-President of Colleges Against Cancer, explains the game to a student.

  • Photo of the Price is Right game that Colleges Against Cancer made for Tobacco Free Awareness Week

Tobacco Free Awareness Week | January 19-25, 2014

In celebration of Tobacco Free Awareness Week, Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life is tabling on the MU Quad, Tuesday - Thursday, with The Price is Right: Tobacco Awareness Edition. Win fun prizes and learn some interesting facts about quitting smoking. Check out their Facebook page for more information.


Dr. Andy announcing the swag prize, Breathe Free t-shirts

de Vere's Pub Quiz | January 13, 2014

Dr. Andy, Quizmaster for de Vere's weekly Pub Quiz, lecturer for University Writing Program, and faculty advisor to The Voice, the campus Undergradaute Health Journal (this is the short list of his accomplishments and activities), created a special round of trivia questions related to tobacco for the Smoke and Tobacco Free campaign.

The fourth place trivia winners received Breathe Free swag - t-shirts with happy lungs on them. 


  • Photo of a sign at the Wellness Carnival, which took place at the ARC lobby.
  • Photo of students from Health Education and Promotion and Colleges Against Cancer at the table.
  • Photo of some of the Breathe Free prizes - bubbles and buttons.

7th Annual Wellness Carnival | November 21, 2013

The Wellness Carnival, co-sponsored by Health Education and Promotion (HEP) with Campus Recreation and Unions, took place on November 21st inside the ARC lobby. Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life and HEP tabled together to promote the smoke and tobacco free policy. Students could spin a wheel and answer trivia questions for a fun prize like bubbles tagged with stickers that said "Blow bubbles, not smoke." A few lucky participants received free Breathe Free "happy lungs" t-shirts. (Photos by Holly Guenther)


  • Students waiting for the freeze flash mob to begin.

    Students waiting for the freeze flash mob to begin.

  • A student wearing his happy lungs "breathe free" t-shirt.

  • A group of students getting ready for the freeze flash mob.

  • Two students with their signs pose for a picture.

  • Two students hold up their signs during the flash mob.

  • Two students in front of the Coffee House.

  • Students along the Quad walkway.

  • Elizabeth Tran, co-president of Colleges Against Cancer, hands out signs.

  • Student participants gathered around the Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life table.

  • Sabreen Aulakh, Advocacy Chair, and Elizabeth Tran, Co-President of Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life.

  • A group photo of some of the flash mob participants.

  • Vincent Shea, Co-President of Colleges Against Cancer, with his sign.

The Great American Smokeout | November 21, 2013

Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life organized a freeze flash mob to draw attention to both the benefits of quitting smoking and the upcoming smoke and tobacco free policy. About 50 students lined up along the Memorial Union/Quad walkway and held up signs with facts and information about smoke and tobacco use. Participants in the flash mob were from the Smoke and Tobacco Free Student Coalition (Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life, Public Health Club, Delta Epsilon Mu, and Davis Heart Association) and Health Education and Promotion.


Photo of a "talking" ash urn

The "talking ash urn" stickers are up!

Have you seen them around campus? A friendly reminder that after December 31, 2013, they'll be removed from campus.


Study finds cigarette alternatives may not be safer than cigarettes | October 24, 2013

The Buzz - September 27, 2013

Slideshow of people's responses at The Buzz.

The BUZZ | September 27, 2013

This fall we joined Student Health and Counseling Services at The BUZZ. We put up a large poster pad, got out some markers, and asked people to write or draw for us, "What does 'smoke and tobacco free' mean to you?"

A Student Health and Counseling Services assistant writing her response on the board.


Tabling at the AAPI Fall Welcome event.

Holly Guenther from Student Health and Counseling Services explaining some of their wellness programs.

Fall Welcome events | September 23-27, 2013

The first week of fall quarter we tabled with Student Health and Counseling Services at various special Fall Welcome events to raise awareness for the upcoming policy change.