Effective June 1, 2013, the University of Houston is designated as a tobacco-free campus. The use of all tobacco products is prohibited in university buildings and on university grounds, including parking areas, sidewalks, walkways, university-affiliated parking facilities and university-owned buildings, except in temporary designated tobacco-use areas.
The tobacco-free campus policy is part of the university's commitment to creating a healthy and sustainable environment for all members of the UH community, and is designed to be positive and health-directed. The university is not requiring faculty, staff and students to quit using tobacco products, but does expect the policy to be adhered to by all individuals on university property.
Enforcement of the policy will be achieved primarily through education, awareness and a spirit of cooperation.
Tobacco users are expected to adhere to the policy and be respectful to ex-tobacco users and non-tobacco users. Individuals noticing violations of the policy should strive to be non-confrontational and respectful to tobacco users when communicating this policy.
Designated tobacco-use locations have been established on the main UH campus and at the Energy Research Park. The designated tobacco-use areas will be available for a minimum of 12 months from the date of policy enactment. Tobacco cessation services and/or referrals are available to assist students and employees who wish to stop using tobacco products.
In summary, the new tobacco-use policy:
In a broader sense, the tobacco-free policy is another benefit of attending or working for a Tier One-designated university. Other benefits include reduced fire hazards and cleaner campus grounds.
For more information regarding the Tobacco-Free Campus Policy, go to: http://www.uh.edu/policies/tobaccofree