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"Enacting the tobacco-free policy at the University of Kentucky in November will greatly improve the campus atmosphere for all members of our community," said Former UK President Lee T. Todd, Jr. "This policy has already created a healthier environment for patients, workers, and visitors at the UK HealthCare Medical Campus, and we look forward to the long-term benefits of its implementation throughout all areas of the UK campus."

The University of Kentucky campus became completely tobacco-free on all campus grounds and parking areas on November 19, 2009, coinciding with the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout®, held annually on the third Thursday in November. The tobacco-free policy, which prohibits the use of all tobacco products on all grounds and parking areas (traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chew, pipes, cigars, hookah or waterpipe smoking, snus, snuff, etc.), applies to all areas of the contiguous UK campus in Lexington, indoors and out.

When this change was enacted on November 19, UK joined more than 300 other United States colleges and universities with tobacco-free policies in place for the entire campus, indoors and out.

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If you have any questions or concerns regarding our Tobacco-free policy, please send them to tobaccofree@lsv.uky.edu

FAQs

When did the tobacco-free policy go into effect?

November 12, 2009 for all University of Kentucky property.

What does tobacco-free mean?

The use of tobacco products of any kind is prohibited on all University and Medical Campus grounds. This includes, but is not limited to: parking lots or structures, vacant University buildings, or any area with University Landscaping (stone walls, flower beds, etc.).

Who is affected by this policy?

Respecting the policy is everyone's business and applies to all employees, patients, visitors, students, vendors and contractors.

What is considered a tobacco product and therefore prohibited by the policy?

Cigarettes, E-cigarettes, cigars, snuff, snus, water pipes, pipes, hookahs, chew, and any other non-combustible tobacco product.

Do employees, students, and visitors have to quit using tobacco products?

No. The University of Kentucky is not asking anyone to quit. This policy simply means no one can use tobacco products on University of Kentucky property and grounds.

What is the University doing to help people manage their cravings while on campus?

To help manage your cravings on campus, the University offers Nicotine Replacement Products for a very low cost at these convenient locations:

  • Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy – 740 S. Limestone, J-134 Kentucky Clinic – on the first floor of the Kentucky Clinic facility at the Limestone entrance
  • University Health Service Pharmacy – 830 S. Limestone – on the first floor of the University Health Service Building (across the street from Speedway®)
  • UK Chandler Hospital Gift Shop – 800 Rose Street – 1st floor off the main lobby
  • UK Good Samaritan Hospital Gift Shop – 310 S. Limestone – lower level
  • Chandler Retail Pharmacy, Pavillion A – 800 Rose St. – Second Floor

UK Convenience Stores:

  • Blazer Xpress – Located on North Campus next to Blazer Café, on the corner of Martin Luther King and Keeneland Dr.
  • Corner Store – Located on South Campus next to Commons Market in the Kirwan/Blanding Complex
  • Quick Stop – Located in the Student Center just inside the bridge entrance across from Starbucks®
Can I use tobacco in my personal vehicle while on campus?

No. Tobacco use is prohibited in all UK-operated parking areas, and when on UK property, both inside and outside of vehicles.

Are other universities tobacco-free?

Yes. The University of Kentucky joins more than 700 other United States college and universities with smoke- or tobacco-free policies (pdf).

What should I say to someone who is violating the tobacco-free policy?

"Are you aware that we do not allow the use of tobacco products of any kind on our campus? I ask you to please respect our policy and put your cigarette out (or other tobacco product) and dispose of it in a trash can. Instead of using tobacco on campus, we have nicotine replacement available for a discounted price to manage your cravings and help you feel more comfortable."

If you are not comfortable approaching someone who is violating the tobacco-free policy, you can use our report line and send the information to: ReportTFviolation@uky.edu.

What is the University of Kentucky doing to help employees who want to quit using tobacco products?

UK offers multiple programs to help employees who want to quit using tobacco products. Click on the "Quit Here!" tab for more information. A special section is available for faculty and staff.

What is the University of Kentucky doing to help students who want to quit using tobacco products?

UK offers multiple programs to help students who want to quit using tobacco products. Click on the "Quit Here! tab for more information. A special section is available for UK students.

I am interested in tobacco treatment resources, but am not an employee or student at the University of Kentucky. What resources are available to me?

The University of Kentucky values the health and well-being of everyone who uses our facilities. If you use tobacco products and would like to quit, discuss with your physician or other health care provider which of the approaches may work best for you.

A variety of resources to help stop using tobacco, if you choose to do so, are available. Visit the "Quit Here!" tab for more information.

Why are e-cigarettes included in this policy?

The FDA has the authority to regulate e-cigarettes as a tobacco product. For more information on e-cigarettes: http://www.mc.uky.edu/tobaccopolicy/KCSP/OnePagers/One%20pager%20e-cig%20REVISED%202%20FINAL%20030712.pdf

Why are there no designated smoking areas?

There are two reasons why UK decided not to create designated smoking areas. First, designated smoking areas are not consistent with the policy. The aim of UK's tobacco-free policy is to create a healthy environment to live, work, and learn. Creating smoking areas sends a message that tobacco use is acceptable; rather, the university promotes healthy lifestyles and provides assistance for students and employees who are ready to quit and for those who need to manage their addiction symptoms while on campus. Second, designated smoking areas create confusion and are a compliance challenge. Rarely do people comply with designated smoking areas, so the "area" expands more and more.

Why are there no receptacles or ash trays by areas where people tend to smoke more?

Since tobacco products are not allowed anywhere on campus, placing ashtrays, butt receptacles, or trash cans sends the wrong message. By placing receptacles for butts, it implicitly says that smoking or tobacco use is encouraged there. This would be inconsistent with our policy. Rather, the goal is to promote compliance with the policy through signage, assessable tobacco treatment, positive yet firm scripting, and butt clean up. We do not want to encourage or enable tobacco use in any way.

Where can I smoke?

The use of tobacco products is prohibited on all university owned grounds. A map which includes the boundaries of the university can be found under the "Policy" tab.

How will the tobacco-free policy be enforced?

To ensure compliance is achieved through a universal message via scripting and policy education, Tobacco-free Ambassadors are out on campus to remind students, staff, faculty, visitors, contractors, and vendors to respect the policy.

We understand that it takes time to gain full compliance with a tobacco-free campus policy. It has been nearly three years since the policy took effect on UK's entire campus, and we need to regularly remind staff, faculty, students, contractors, and visitors about the policy.

UK's Tobacco-Free Policy

Tobacco-Free Policy Compliance Training Information

View Administrative Regulation 6:5 - Tobacco Policy (pdf).

View the UK campus map with tobacco-free policy boundaries (pdf).

Click here to listen to the special edition of UK at the Half, featuring the UK Tobacco-Free Policy.

Click here (pdf) for the tobacco-free brochure.

According to a survey completed in May 2009, 64 percent of UK's students, 77 percent of UK's faculty and 63 percent of UK's staff felt positive to very positive about the campus becoming tobacco-free. More information about the Spring 2009 survey can be found here (pdf).

According to a survey by the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky and conducted by investigators Dr. Elisia Cohen, Assistant Professor; Dr. Nancy Harrington, Professor and Chair; and by Dr. Donald Helme, Assistant Professor in Fall 2009, 75.7 percent of UK's faculty and staff, and 61 percent of students, felt the tobacco-free policy will be somewhat to very successful in reducing people's exposure to secondhand smoke at the University of Kentucky. When UK's employees and students were asked if they were thinking about quitting in the future, 63.4 percent of employees that smoke and 68.4 percent of students that smoke responded "yes." For more information about the Fall 2009 survey, click here (pdf).

Several training sessions are being offered to both students and employees.

Quit Here!

Help You Quit

Click here (pdf) for the tobacco-free brochure.

More information about managing your symptoms while on UK's campus can be found here (pdf).

How We Can Help You Quit or Manage Your Symptoms

UK supports its employees and students who want to quit using tobacco products by offering individual and group tobacco treatment programs at no cost for one series of classes - including nicotine replacement products (typically the patch). This offer is for students and their spouses, and employees and their spouses or sponsored dependents.

For employees and students who do not want to quit but need help to feel more comfortable at work or during class, nicotine replacement gum may be purchased in campus convenience stores, gift shops at UK Chandler and Good Samaritan hospitals, Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy, Chandler Retail Pharmacy, or University Health Service Pharmacy. These locations, except for the hospital gifts shops, also carry the nicotine patch. Some products are significantly less expensive than those found in commercial pharmacies. Other options may be available to you under your health benefits program. Visit the following locations for more information:

  • Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy - 740 S. Limestone, J-134 Kentucky Clinic - on the first floor of the Kentucky Clinic facility at the Limestone entrance
  • University Health Service Pharmacy - 830 S. Limestone - on the first floor of the University Health Service Building (across the street from Speedway®)
  • UK Chandler Hospital Gift Shop - 800 Rose Street - 1st floor off the main lobby
  • UK Good Samaritan Hospital Gift Shop - 10 S. Limestone - lower level
  • Chandler Retail Pharmacy, Pavillion A - 800 Rose St. - First floor, across from the Don & Mira Ball Surgery Waiting Area (Room A.01.113)
  • UK Convenience Stores:
    • Blazer Xpress - Located on North Campus next to Blazer Café, on the corner of Martin Luther King and Keeneland Dr.
    • Corner Store - Located on South Campus next to Commons Market in the Kirwan/Blanding Complex
    • Quick Stop - Located in the Student Center just inside the bridge entrance across from Starbucks®

Click here (pdf) for information about Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

UK Students
Resources for UK Students and Their Spouses

The following is a full list of resources available to students to help stop using tobacco or manage cravings if you choose to do so:

  • University Health Service ** - - Individual tobacco cessation sessions and email coaching are available through the iQuit program to help students be successful in quitting tobacco. We can help you explore options, including medications and behavior changes, and pick strategies that work for you! Services are offered to full-time and part-time UK students who have paid their health fee. UK undergraduate and graduate level students and their spouses, who are covered by student health insurance plan, are also eligible for these services and may receive Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT patches and/or gum) at NO COST. Call (859) 323-APPT (2778) or email joanne.brown@uky.edu or fadyia.lowe@uky.edu.
  • For additional information about the iQuit program:
    • Visit the University Health Service online
    • Follow us on Twitter @UHSPAWS
    • Like the UHS Facebook page @UKstudenthealth

UK Counseling Center ** - Various counseling formats are offered to help with tobacco cessation, reducing tobacco use, and managing stress and cravings. Students must be enrolled at UK for at least 6 credit hours to be eligible for services and to receive NRT (patches and/or gum) at NO COST. (859) 257-8701.

Off Campus Resources
  • Tobacco Free U - Offers college students free on-line information, guides, and resources related to tobacco and quitting tobacco use.
  • My Last Dip - MyLastDip is a free Web-based intervention that is designed to help young smokeless tobacco users quit.
  • Kill the Can - This website offers free resources and tools to help dip, snuff, and chewing tobacco users quit. Along with useful information, it offers a support forum and a live quit chat room.
  • Become an Ex - The EX plan teaches you how to re-learn life without cigarettes in 3 steps - all geared to help make the seemingly impossible possible.
  • Freedom from Smoking® Online Program - On-line program from the American Lung Association consisting of seven modules, each containing four lessons, to assist you in quitting tobacco. Participants are also encouraged to participate in message boards to give and receive support as they go through the quit process.
  • There’s an app for that: 
    · Check out these apps to help you quit.
    · NCI QuitPal is a free smartphone app to support smokers working to become smoke-free. This
    interactive app is developed using proven quit strategies and tools to help change behavior and assist
    you with giving up smoking. 
    · Smokefree Teen QuitSTART is another free smartphone app to help track your cravings and moods,
    monitor your progress, identify your smoking triggers, and upload personalized “pick me ups” and
    reminders to use during challenging times to help you successfully become and stay smokefree." 
Faculty & Staff
Resources for UK Faculty and Staff and Their Spouses or Sponsored Dependents
  • UK Health & Wellness Tobacco Cessation - UK Health & Wellness offers free Tobacco Cessation Coaching via a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist to help YOU successfully quit tobacco. Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is available to eligible participants enrolled in this program.
    You will work with your coach to:
    · Establish a support system for tobacco cessation, identify behaviors that inhibit tobacco cessation, and create a plan to quit.
    · Get information and support on how to quit and stay quit.
    · Get free nicotine replacement patches, gum, and lozenges.
    · Explore options, including medications and behavior changes, and pick strategies that work for you!
    Regular employees (0.5 - 1.0 full-time equivalency) and their spouses/sponsored dependents may participate. UK retirees and their spouses/sponsored dependents may also participate.
    What's the next step?
    Click here to schedule an appointment with a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.
  • UK Tobacco Treatment Specialist - BeQUIT Tobacco Cessation - Individualized treatment for quitting tobacco use is offered to UK patients, employees, spouses, sponsored dependents and retirees (including free nicotine replacement for UKHMO members) and for members of the community. Contact Audrey Darville, PhD, APRN, Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist at 859-323-4222 or email audrey.darville@uky.edu for more information.  To schedule an appointment, contact the Internal Medicine clinic at 859-323-0303. A series of group classes are also offered as needed.
  • UK Work + Life Connections - Located at 155 Seaton Center. Call (859) 257-9433. This office offers assessments, brief counseling, education and referral to UK employees.  Visits are limited to 5 times per year.
  • UK Prescription Benefit Coverage of Smoking Cessation Call (859) 323-1493 for more information.
  • Fayette County Health Department Adult and Youth Tobacco Cessation Programs – Call (859) 288-2327 for more information.
  • Kentucky Cancer Program: Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking - An evidence-based 13-week program led by trained facilitators that combines the use of nicotine replacement products with group support. Call 859-219-0772 (Lexington) or 606-784-6458 (statewide) for more information.
  • Become an Ex - The EX plan teaches you how to re-learn life without cigarettes in 3 steps - all geared to help make the seemingly impossible possible.
  • There’s an app for that: 
    · Check out these apps to help you quit.
    · NCI QuitPal is a free smartphone app to support smokers working to become smoke-free. This
    interactive app is developed using proven quit strategies and tools to help change behavior and assist
    you with giving up smoking. 
    · Smokefree Teen QuitSTART is another free smartphone app to help track your cravings and moods,
    monitor your progress, identify your smoking triggers, and upload personalized “pick me ups” and
    reminders to use during challenging times to help you successfully become and stay smokefree." 
General Public
Off Campus Resources Available for the General Public
  • Kentucky's Tobacco QuitLine –Call 1-800-Quit Now (1-800-784-8669) for one-on-one counseling from 8 a.m. -1 a.m. (EST) Monday though Sunday.  24 hour voice mail with recorded QuitFacts available after hours.
  • Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy - (click "Ask a Pharmacist") - Counseling, Nicotine Replacement Therapy, Educational Materials (859) 323-5855
  • Lexington-Fayette County Health Department: Adult and Youth Tobacco Cessation Programs- (859) 288-2327
  • National Cancer Institutes's Quitline - Tobacco counseling in English and Spanish. 1-877-44U-QUIT
  • Kentucky Cancer Program: Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking - Available in 120 Kentucky counties. (859) 219-0772 (Lexington) or (606) 784-6458 (statewide).
  • MedlinePlus® - Tobacco Cessation References.
  • Become an Ex - The EX plan teaches you how to re-learn life without cigarettes in 3 steps - all geared to help make the seemingly impossible possible.
  • Freedom from Smoking® Online Program - On-line program from the American Lung Association consisting of seven modules, each containing four lessons, to assist you in quitting tobacco. Participants are also encouraged to participate in message boards to give and receive support as they go through the quit process.
  • My Last Dip - MyLastDip is a free Web-based intervention that is designed to help young smokeless tobacco users quit.
  • Kill the Can - This website offers free resources and tools to help dip, snuff, and chewing tobacco users quit. Along with useful information, it offers a support forum and a live quit chat room.
  • GETQUIT Support Plan - Information sponsored by the Pfizer describing the drug Chantix™ and a free support program including a step-by-step guide. www.chantix.com and www.get-quit.com 1-877-CHANTIX
  • There’s an app for that: 
    · Check out these apps to help you quit.
    · NCI QuitPal is a free smartphone app to support smokers working to become smoke-free. This
    interactive app is developed using proven quit strategies and tools to help change behavior and assist
    you with giving up smoking. 
    · Smokefree Teen QuitSTART is another free smartphone app to help track your cravings and moods,
    monitor your progress, identify your smoking triggers, and upload personalized “pick me ups” and
    reminders to use during challenging times to help you successfully become and stay smokefree." 
Secondhand Smoke
Information on Secondhand Smoke

UK HealthCare has launched a five year campaign to educate Kentuckians about the dangers of secondhand smoke. To learn more information about the campaign and secondhand smoke visit http://ukhealthcare.uky.edu/secondhandsmoke/.

For more information about secondhand smoke and smoke-free policy, contact the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy at the UK College of Nursing, http://www.kcsp.uky.5

Updated July 24, 2014 by Web Administrator

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