Spotlight on University of California

Excellent Informational Websites About Tobacco on Campus

How is tobacco policy and information shared on your campus?

Physical signage, such as signs posted in parking lots or on buildings is important on campus to educate staff, faculty, students, and visitors on the campus tobacco policy. Posters and flyers can promote cessation services for members of the campus community. And reminder cards can be a great way to praise individuals complying with campus tobacco policy, or to remind and correct individuals who are noncompliant with policy.

All of these ways of conveying information are important in their own unique way, and a comprehensive website dedicated to tobacco use, policy, and cessation is an informative way to tie them all together.

An exemplary campus tobacco website should have a few key features that answer commonly asked questions such as:

  • What are people expected to do? Information should be included about the current campus policy, including a link to the official language. Any upcoming changes that the campus community should be aware of should also be addressed. Maps are also helpful for campuses with designated smoking areas policies.
  • How can people get help quitting? Links and information about cessation services on campus, in the community, by phone, and online should be readily available. Students will likely have different resources available than staff and faculty, so remember to have information for everyone. Try to include a variety of resources from self-help to one-on-one counseling so that people can get the help that best suits their needs. Also, information on how to help a friend or coworker quit tobacco is very useful.
  • Why is this policy important? Why should someone quit tobacco? Links should be available for people to get more information about tobacco use, smokeless tobacco, hookah and other alternative products, secondhand smoke, environmental issues, and other general information about the problems caused by tobacco.
  • Where can a person get additional information? If someone would like more information or has further questions, provide the contact information of representative(s) that can help.
  • What if people are not complying? It can be helpful to list ways people can take action if they see others not complying with the policy. Can they report people to campus police? Are individuals expected to remind their peers? Let people know how they can make the policy more successful. Also, if any fine structure is in place, and those in violation can be issued tickets for not complying with the policy, the website would be a very good place to share that information.

Many colleges and universities in California have very clear and comprehensive websites about tobacco on campus. Below are several outstanding examples from the University of California campuses.

UC Berkeley

UC Irvine

UCLA 

UC Riverside 

UC Santa Cruz