What does “smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free” mean?
"Smoking" means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, cigarillo, or pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for human 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.
"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 electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic pipe, electronic cigarillo, electronic hookah, or vape pen, or under any other product name or descriptor, which can be used to deliver an inhaled dose of nicotine, or other substances, including any component, part, or accessory of such a device, whether or not sold separately.
"Hookah" means a water pipe and any associated products and devices that 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.
'Tobacco Product" means: (a) any product containing, made, or derived from tobacco or nicotine that is intended for human consumption, whether smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, snorted, sniffed, or ingested by any other means, including, but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, snuff; and (b) Any electronic device that delivers nicotine or other substances to the person inhaling from the device, including, but not limited to an electronic cigarette, cigar, pipe, or hookah. (c) Notwithstanding any provision of subsections (a) and (b} to the contrary, "tobacco product" includes any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product, whether or not sold separately. "Tobacco product" does not include any product that has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for sale as a tobacco cessation product or for other therapeutic purposes where such product is marketed and sold solely for such an approved purpose.
Smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free means smoking, the use of tobacco products, and the use of electronic smoking devices are prohibited.
Why are e-cigarettes included in the policy?
E-cigarettes are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a tobacco cessation strategy. As an unregulated nicotine product, their use is prohibited on University property for the purposes of this policy. However, other forms of approved nicotine replacement therapy, such as gum and patches are allowed.
“Unregulated high-tech smoking devices, commonly referred to as electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes,‘ closely resemble and purposefully mimic the act of smoking by having users inhale vaporized liquid nicotine created by heat through an electronic ignition system. After testing a number of e-cigarettes from two leading manufacturers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that various samples tested contained not only nicotine but also detectable levels of known carcinogens and toxic chemicals, including tobacco-specific nitrosamines and diethylene glycol, a toxic chemical used in antifreeze. The FDA‘s testing also suggested that ―quality control processes used to manufacture these products are inconsistent or non-existent. ("Summary of results: laboratory analysis of electronic cigarettes conducted by FDA," Food and Drug Administration (FDA), July 22, 2009; http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/ProductsIngredientsComponents/ucm456610.htm)
Is medical marijuana included in the policy?
Yes. Federal law overrides state law. CSULB is an institution that supports financial aid (federal money) for students, therefore, CSULB follows federal law. Medical marijuana cards are invalid at CSULB.
Where does the smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free policy apply?
Smoking and the use of tobacco products as well as the use of nicotine products not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration as tobacco cessation drugs or devices (e.g., e-cigarettes) is prohibited on all CSULB property, including indoor and outdoor spaces (including the Research Foundation Building and Beachside Housing) owned and operated by campus auxiliaries (Research Foundation, ASl/Union, 49er Shops, the CSULB 49er Foundation). Indoor spaces include, but are not limited to all offices, classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories, hallways, waiting rooms, restrooms, meeting rooms, community areas, performance venues, athletic facilities, athletic stadiums, and private residential space within the residence halls. Smoking and the use of tobacco products shall also be prohibited at all outdoor spaces, including, but not limited to open areas, parking lots, paths, fields, athletic/sports/recreational areas, facilities, and sidewalks located inside the permiter of the campus. The policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, and other persons on campus, regardless of the purpose of their visit. This policy will not include off campus space or facilities leased by the campus, nor the facilities and property leased to other entities at the Research Foundation Technology Park.
Smoking and the use of tobacco are prohibited in all vehicles (including state-owned vehicles) on campus property. This prohibition includes passenger vehicles and all other state-owned mobile equipment, including light and heavy-duty trucks, cargo and passenger vans, buses, carts, and any other mobile equipment with an enclosed or enclosable driver/passenger compartment.
When did the smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free policy go into effect?
Effective September 1, 2016, California State University, Long Beach is entirely a smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free campus.
Who does the smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free policy apply to?
This policy applies to students, staff, faculty, visitors, and vendors. The smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free policy applies to all California State University, Long Beach facilities, properties, and vehicles, and Blair Field.
What about the University’s neighbors?
CSULB asks that students, faculty and staff help maintain a positive relationship with our neighbors that border the campus. We encourage you to respect other’s property by not littering and not congregating in areas to smoke and thus creating a cloud that others must walk through. According to California Penal Code 374.4, it is unlawful to litter in or upon public or private property. A person, firm, or corporation violating this section is guilty of an infraction. Breathe Advocates have reached out to our neighbors, informed them of the policy, and encouraged open communication if a problem arises.
Isn’t this a violation of my civil rights? Don’t I have a right to smoke on campus?
Court rulings (Graff, 2008) maintain that tobacco users do not have the legal right to expose others to secondhand smoke, a Class-A carcinogen, and they are not entitled to protection against discrimination as addicts or as disabled persons according to Assembly Bill 846, Governor’s Executive Order W-42-93 [California State University Northridge (CSUN), 2015]. Establishing a tobacco-free campus preserves everyone’s right to breathe smoke-free air in a cleaner campus environment, while allowing adults who choose to use tobacco to continue to do so off-campus. A university’s policy is based upon respect for others and for the environment, and supports the rights and privileges of both tobacco users and non-users alike.
Is smoking, vaping, or tobacco use allowed in personal vehicles?
Smoking, vaping, and the use of tobacco are prohibited in all vehicles (including personal and state-owned vehicles, whether parked or in motion), if the vehicle is located on campus property. This prohibition includes passenger vehicles and all other state-owned mobile equipment, including light and heavy-duty trucks, cargo and passenger vans, buses, carts, and any other mobile equipment with an enclosed or enclosable driver/passenger compartment.
Are there designated smoking areas on campus?
No, smoking and the use of tobacco products including electronic cigarettes are not allowed anywhere on campus property.
Can I smoke inside the bathroom or inside the dorm?
No, according to Assembly Bill 846, existing law prohibits any state employee or member of the public from smoking a tobacco product inside a state-owned or state-occupied building.
Can I smoke on the sidewalk?
There are signs posted at each entrance to CSULB stating that CSULB is a smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free campus, therefore, smoking on the sidewalks located inside the perimeter of the campus is not allowed.
How is the smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free policy being enforced?
A policy is only as effective as its implementation and enforcement. The success of the policy relies on the consideration and cooperation of all California State University, Long Beach students, faculty, staff, and visitors. During the first three years of this adopted policy, the primary mode of enforcement will be through a positive educational campaign, called Breathe. The Breathe campaign aims to increase the awareness of a smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free policy through campus advocacy supplemented by cessation and policy awareness cards. If policy compliance remains a challenge after extensive campus education and outreach, the University reserve the right to institute fines for infractions as allowed by Assembly Bill 795. In these instances, the University Police Department may be contacted for assistance with enforcement.
Will I be cited for smoking on campus?
Currently the primary mode of enforcement is through a positive educational campaign, called Breathe. The Breathe Campaign aims to increase the awareness of the smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free policy through campus advocacy supplemented by cessation and policy awareness cards. If policy compliance remains a challenge after extensive campus education and outreach, the University reserves the right to institute fines for violations as allowed by Assembly Bill 795. Furthermore, according to California Penal Code 374.4, it is unlawful to litter in or upon public or private property. A person, firm, or corporation violating this section is guilty of an infraction.
What should I do if I see someone smoking, vaping, or using other tobacco products?
Please do not approach individuals who are violating the smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free policy. DO NOT call 911. DO NOT call University Police.
Breathe Advocates have been mobilized to educate the campus community about the upcoming smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free campus and to increase awareness of the cessation resources that are available.
If you would like to report an issue with individuals violating the smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free policy, please email TFTF@csulb.edu or call (562) 985-1089 and provide the date, time, and location of the violation.
Should I report incidents of smoking and vaping?
If you would like to report incidents of smoking and vaping, please email TFTF@csulb.edu or call (562) 985-1089 and provide the date, time, and location of the violation.
Why did CSULB go smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free?
During the Spring 2013 semester, the CSULB campus student body voted to institute a stronger smoke-free policy on campus. CSULB is committed to promoting a clean and healthy educational, living, and working environment for all members of our campus community. Everyone will breathe easier, and this will assure equal access for individuals most vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke exposure, such as those with asthma and allergies.
What are the benefits of a smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free policy?
Smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free campus policies protect the health and safety of faculty, staff, students and visitors by eliminating secondhand smoke and tobacco litter on campus.
A 100% smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free policy:
- Promotes clean air, a healthy environment, and healthy behavior choices;
- Saves money from staff time spent cleaning cigarette litter by eliminating butts and other tobacco waste on campus;
- Prepares students for tobacco and smoke free work environments (e.g., hospitals, K-12 schools, etc.);
- Prevents students from initiating tobacco;
- Encourages people who use tobacco to quit or decrease use; and
- Supports those who have quit using tobacco.
How will a 100% smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free campus policy impact enrollment?
There is no association between the adoption of a 100% smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free campus policy and a decrease in student enrollment. In fact, many colleges and universities promote a healthy and tobacco-free campus environment as a way of increasing enrollment.
Will a 100% smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free campus policy cause conflict between CSULB and its employees?
The adoption of a 100% smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free policy promotes the health and well‐being of everyone on campus, including employees. Currently, individuals who work in outdoor areas are not provided with the same level of protection to secondhand smoke as those working indoors. A 100% smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free policy provides equal protection to everyone on campus. Additionally, the policy may encourage people who smoke to quit using tobacco and will support those individuals who have quit using tobacco.
What are the health consequences of secondhand smoke?
Exposure to secondhand smoke is known to cause death and disease and is the third leading cause of preventable death in this country, killing over 50,000 non-smokers each year. The Surgeon General of the United States has concluded that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke and any exposure to tobacco smoke – even an occasional cigarette or exposure to secondhand smoke – is harmful. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found secondhand tobacco smoke to be a risk to public health, and has classified secondhand smoke as a group A carcinogen, the most dangerous class of carcinogen. Furthermore, the California Air Resources Board has categorized secondhand smoke as a toxic air contaminant.