Dear Members of the Campus Community,
More than one year has passed since UCSF implemented a Tobacco Free at Work policy. As a reminder, this policy applies to all UCSF faculty, staff, students, and trainees. The policy states that all are required to be tobacco-free while at work and refrain from tobacco and e-cigarette use during any scheduled work shift (including all breaks), whether on or off campus. As we continue to educate our UCSF community on our policy and the health consequences of smoking, please note that the Tobacco Free at Work policy is enforced and violations are appropriately addressed.
The policy also demonstrates UCSF’s commitment to promoting and improving health for patients, for our many constituencies, and also our surrounding communities as well. We have an obligation to be respectful of our neighbors; therefore, faculty, staff, students, and trainees must be mindful of our neighboring communities and refrain from smoking, littering, and loitering in front of homes and establishments at all times. Our campus sites are part of the greater San Francisco community, and we should always treat our neighbors with courtesy and respect, setting an example for other organizations and businesses to follow.
If you need assistance to stop smoking, UCSF has a number of tobacco cessation resources, including nicotine replacement gum that is free for faculty, staff, students, and trainees while at work. For more information on other programs as well as the UCSF Fontana Tobacco Treatment Center, please visit tobaccofree.ucsf.edu.
We appreciate your efforts to ensuring a healthier campus community and surrounding neighborhood by observing the tobacco free policy (which includes e-cigarettes) while at work and on breaks.
Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor
Mark R. Laret
Chief Executive Officer
UCSF Medical Center
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals