Tobacco Free KU
What is the University of Kansas Tobacco Free Policy?
University of Kansas tobacco free policy will be effective July 1, 2018. Please visit http://policy.ku.edu/provost/tobacco-free
to read the policy.
Who does the policy affect?
All university employees, students and visitors are expected to adhere to the Tobacco Free Policy while on the University of Kansas campus and properties.
What are other colleges and universities doing?
Many universities are or in the process of becoming tobacco free. For a complete list of colleges and universities with tobacco free policies click here
. Furthermore, tobacco free restaurants, hospitals, and cities are becoming a norm.
What resources are available for people to stop using tobacco?
We have provided some resources about for Tobacco Cessation on our website. For more information please visit http4://tobaccofree.ku.edu/cessation-information4
. Free Tobacco Cessation services include KanQuit, KU cessation services, and smartphone applications. These services, along with a tobacco-free campus policy can complement your insurance plan’s coverage of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (including Medicare) to help you successfully stay quit.
Is a Smoke/Tobacco-free Policy a violation of civil and Constitutional rights?
No. There is no Constitutional right to smoke or use tobacco. Tobacco users are not a category protected under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution, nor is tobacco use a protected liberty right under the Due Process clause of the Constitution.
What is defined as a tobacco product?
Tobacco is defined as all tobacco-derived or containing products, including and not limited to, cigarettes (e.g., clove, bidis, kreteks), electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos, hookah smoked products, pipes, and oral tobacco (e.g., spit and spitless, smokeless, chew, snuff) and nasal tobacco (e.g. snus). It also includes any product intended to mimic tobacco products, contain tobacco flavoring, or deliver nicotine other than for the purpose of cessation.
Why are we going tobacco-free and not smoke-free?
Any form of tobacco has a negative impact on the environment and the health of others; our goal is to keep our campus healthy, respectful to all, and looking beautiful for the future.
What if I use a tobacco product in a religious or cultural ritual?
The policy allows tobacco use on campus in religious and other cultural rituals if approved in advance by the Vice Provost for Student Affairs.
Is this policy going to effect the possession of tobacco or just tobacco use?
This policy will only effect the use of tobacco on campus.
Do any incentives exist for not using tobacco?
The State Employee Health Plan provides “points” toward the reduction of health insurance premiums for faculty/staff non-smokers.
Will there be any training for supervisors who manage staff who smoke?
Specific training for this topic is not envisioned, but supervisory guidelines will be provided if requested.
Will there be a transition period for students and staff that currently use tobacco products?
We currently are in a transition period. The campus’ policy regarding tobacco use changed from allowing tobacco to be used anywhere outdoors to prohibiting use within 20 feet of any campus building including structural overhangs. In summer 2017, the policy to completely prohibit tobacco use on campus passed with an effective date of July 1, 2018, so we're raising awareness about the policy change and providing cessation support.
Will this policy effect productivity levels for employees that are experiencing side effects from the process of quitting?
Other universities that have already successfully implemented a tobacco free policy have not experienced any productivity losses. In fact, as individuals successfully quit using tobacco products they are likely to feel healthier and more productive. We highly suggest using cessation aids to fight the side effects of nicotine addiction. Please check out our tobacco cessation resources section for more information.
University of Colorado has done this and had success because of partnership with their city, is there any plan to do the same here in Lawrence?
The University of Kansas worked with the Lawrence community in several ways. The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is represented on the Tobacco-Free KU Steering Committee by several staff members. Additionally, KU steering committee members are a part of the LiveWell Lawrence Tobacco Free Living Work Group. To learn more about this work group, take a look at their website: http://www.livewelllawrence.org/
What about the University neighbors?
KU asks that students, faculty and staff help maintain a positive relationship with our neighbors that border the KU campus. We encourage you to respect other’s property by not littering or congregating in those areas to smoke (thus creating a cloud that others must walk through). We will provide a contact for our neighbors if a problem arises and, upon request to the Office of Sustainability, anti-litter yard signs.
How will this policy be enforced?
Enforcement will be handled through the existing conduct and discipline processes for students, faculty and staff The Office of Public Safety will not be involved in the enforcement.
How should I approach someone who is smoking on campus?
It is appropriate to remind the individual in a friendly, respectful manner that KU does not permit smoking on campus. Example: "Hello, my name is ______ (your name) and I am a(n) ______ (position) here with the University of Kansas. Are you aware that we do not allow the use of tobacco products of any kind on 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, we have nicotine replacement available for a discounted price to manage your cravings and help you feel more comfortable."
Will students living in residence halls be able to smoke outside of housing?
No, the policy applies to properties owned by Student Housing.
Many people do not understand how addictive tobacco use is and how challenging this policy will be for people. Aren’t people’s choices being taken away even though tobacco is a legal substance and very addictive substance?
Addictive behaviors are personally challenging, but they must be personally addressed. Employers and educational institutions may provide support mechanisms for addressing addictions, but they are not legally required to allow such behaviors on their premises, nor to provide support mechanism to overcome them. Alcohol is addictive and not illegal but its consumption is not allowed during work or class attendance. The University is taking steps to provide personal support for individuals who want to stop using tobacco products while creating a healthy, safe, sustainability-aware, and respectful work and learning environment.
What responsibilities do all KU faculty, staff and students have to report violations? Will reported violations need documented proof (e.g., pictures of staff smoking on campus rather than hearsay)?
Faculty, staff and students always have the opportunity to report violations of university policy and incidents of misconduct. They may report those incidents using this form
or in whatever format desired. Specific information is helpful when reporting any policy violation, e.g. who, what, where, when. It is hoped that faculty, staff and students will politely remind smokers of the university policy.
What will violations entail?
Corrective measures of any kind are dependent upon the facts of the circumstance. KU adheres to the principle of progressive discipline, meaning starting with the lowest form of corrective measures. For example, progressive discipline may include verbal counseling, a written reprimand, suspension, and dismissal. Repeated violations are treated with increased levels of severity.
To whom are violations going to be reported?
For faculty, staff and student employees, violations should be reported to supervisors/department heads who should contact Human Resource Management (HRM). Individuals may also contact HRM directly. Violations by students may be reported to the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs or using the available form
, which is sent to HRM.
What happens if a staff member fails to report a violation or fails to approach someone who is smoking on campus?
Students and staff members will not be disciplined for failing to report a violation of this policy, though it is hoped staff will politely remind violators about the policy. Incentives for reporting violations will not be provided.
Is KU proposing to hire staff that would enforce this policy who are basically Tobacco Police? Or will these new responsibilities be added to existing staff workloads?
Individuals will not be hired to enforce this policy. It is the already the responsibility of supervisors and managers to enforce university policies so this one is no different.
Will staff be able to appeal violations per the grievance policy?
If staff are formally disciplined, they will have access to whatever appeal process is available by University policy for the level of sanction applied.
Will KU adopt additional break periods during the workday for employees who currently take frequent smoke breaks?
Break and lunch periods will not be lengthened because of this policy.
Will personal cars parked on the KU campus be considered part of the campus or personal, private space in which employees can smoke or consume tobacco?
Tobacco use will be allowed in private cars.
Will the policy apply to KU Edwards campus?
Yes, the policy applies to the Edwards campus and other University sites located on KU property.
Will the policy apply to the athletic facilities?
Athletics will follow the new policy and prohibit tobacco use in/outside the field house and stadium.
Will KU convenience stores carry nicotine patches and/or gum?
Those stores are privately owned, not by KU. Their inventory choices are no doubt driven by consumer demand. Benefits eligible faculty and staff can get nicotine patches and other cessation options through our State health insurance plan at no cost if enrolled in our plan.