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Smoking Policy and Cessation Information

The University of Tampa Future Tobacco and Smoke Free Policy

As of Aug. 1, 2016, The University of Tampa Smoking and Tobacco Policy is as follows:

The University of Tampa finds and declares that the purposes of this policy are (1) to protect the public health and welfare by prohibiting smoking and the use of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, on The University of Tampa campus; (2) to guarantee the right of nonsmokers to breathe smoke-free air, while recognizing that the need to breathe smoke-free air shall have priority over the desire to smoke; and (3) to encourage a healthier, more productive living/learning environment for all  members of our campus community.

The Tobacco-Free Policy applies to all University of Tampa facilities, property and vehicles, owned or leased, regardless of location. Smoking and the use of tobacco products shall not be permitted in any enclosed place, including, but not limited to, all offices, classrooms, hallways, waiting rooms, restrooms, meeting rooms, community areas, performance venues and private residential space within University of Tampa housing.Smoking and the use of tobacco products shall also be prohibited outdoors on all University of Tampa campus property, including, but not limited to, parking lots, paths, fields, sports/recreational areas and stadiums. This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff and other persons on campus, regardless of the purpose for their visit. 

Smoking and tobacco products prohibited are defined as follows:

  • “Electronic Smoking Device” means any product containing or delivering nicotine or any other substance intended for human consumption that can be used by a person to simulate smoking through inhalation of vapor or aerosol from the product. The term includes any such device, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, e-hookah or vape pen, or under any other product name or descriptor.
  • “Hookah” means a water pipe and any associated products and devices which are used to produce fumes, smoke and/or vapor from the burning of material including, but not limited to, tobacco, shisha or other plant matter.
  • “Smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette or pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation, including hookahs and marijuana, whether natural or synthetic, in any manner or in any form. “Smoking” also includes the use of an electronic smoking device which creates an aerosol or vapor, in any manner or in any form, or the use of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking in this Article.
  • “Tobacco Product” means any substance containing tobacco leaf, including but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, bidis, blunts, clove cigarettes or any other preparation of tobacco; and any product or formulation of matter containing biologically active amounts of nicotine that is manufactured, sold, offered for sale or otherwise distributed with the expectation that the product or matter will be introduced into the human body by inhalation; but does not include any cessation product specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in treating nicotine or tobacco dependence.  

 The University of Tampa Current Tobacco Policy

As of Aug. 1, 2013, the use of tobacco products is prohibited on The University of Tampa’s campus and other UT properties, except in designated smoke zones. All forms of tobacco/nicotine or other smokable or vaping products, including, but not limited to cigarettes, chew tobacco, electronic cigarettes, bidis, cigars, cigarillos, shisha and hookah, are to be confined to the four designated smoke zones. The zones are identified on the map and are located in the following areas:

  • Zone 1 – outside of Straz Hall near the baseball fields
  • Zone 2 – by the river, between the Library and McKay Hall
  • Zone 3 – near the Edison Building and Bailey Arts Studio (Large Oak Tree)
  • Zone 4 – in Delo Park in front of Austin Hall; this zone will be in the section of the park furthest from Austin Hall

**Please be aware that citations will be given to people using tobacco/nicotine products outside of the smoke zones.**

 Questions about this smoke zone policy can be directed to wellness@ut.edu or (813) 257-1877. 

Smoking Cessation Classes

The University of Tampa offers free smoking cessation classes to all students, faculty, staff and the community free of charge. The smoking cessation class involves setting a quit date and receiving four free weeks of nicotine replacement therapy (the patch, gum, etc.). Please check back for the January smoking cessation class dates. To sign up, email wellness@ut.edu or call the Wellness Center at (813) 257-1877.

Please check back for next month’s classes.

Additional free classes within the community can be found at I Quit with AHEC.