3.10  Smoking

(Ark. Code Ann. §§ 6-60-801 to -807; Fayetteville Policies and Procedures 724.0

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, is a tobacco-free campus. 

It is the policy of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, to promote the health, well-being and safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors while they are on the campus. Tobacco use and second-hand smoke have been identified by the Surgeon General to be the cause of preventable diseases. Each year, approximately 440,000 people die prematurely of diseases caused by smoking, accounting for one out of five deaths in the United States (CDC 2003). Use of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, cigars, pipes and other tobacco products lead to disease and death. In addition to causing direct health hazards, smoking and smokeless tobacco use contribute to institutional costs in other ways, including fire damage, cleaning and maintenance costs, and costs associated with employee and student absenteeism, healthcare, and medical insurance. 

Accordingly, the University of Arkansas actively seeks to create a campus environment that is completely free of tobacco use and second-hand smoke.  Furthermore, the Arkansas Clean Air on Campus Act prohibits smoking on each campus of state-supported institutions of higher education.

You are prohibited from smoking or using other tobacco products (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products), as well as the use of electronic cigarettes,  at all times on property owned and operated by the University of Arkansas, including on and within vehicles on university property.  If you are on or within a university vehicle, you are prohibited from smoking or using other tobacco products at any location.    

Campus-controlled advertising of, as well as the sale or free sampling of, tobacco products is prohibited on campus. Littering the campus with remains of tobacco products or any other disposable product is also prohibited. Campus organizations are discouraged from accepting gifts from tobacco companies. 

All individuals attending public events, such as conferences, meetings, public lectures, social events, cultural events and sporting events using university facilities are required to abide by the university's smoking and tobacco use policy and state law. Organizers of such events are responsible for communicating the policy to attendees and for enforcing the policy. 

The University of Arkansas is committed to support all students, faculty and staff who wish to stop using tobacco products. Assistance to students, faculty and staff to overcome addiction to tobacco products is available through the University Health Center and Human Resources. 

All University of Arkansas students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors to campus are expected to comply with the University's smoking and tobacco use policy and state law. You are empowered to respectfully inform others about the policy to enhance awareness and encourage compliance and may report violations to the University of Arkansas Police Department (UAPD). You may not be retaliated or discriminated against for making a complaint or furnishing information to UAPD concerning a violation of this policy.

Pursuant to state law, UAPD may issue a citation for smoking on campus with a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500. Employees engaging in other use of tobacco products or electronic cigarettes will be referred to their respective units for progressive discipline.  

Friday, August 27, 2010 11:52 AM