Tobacco Free FAQ

When will the tobacco-free policy go into effect?
Georgia Tech now considers itself a tobacco-free campus as it prepares to fully adopt the Board of Regents’ Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus Policy. In fact, tobacco use is already restricted on Georgia Tech’s campus as required in the Georgia Smokefree Air Act of 2005 (PDF).


What does tobacco-free mean?
The use of any tobacco product is prohibited on all 31 universities and colleges in the University System of Georgia.


Who does the policy apply to?
Everyone on Georgia Tech’s campus – students, staff, faculty, visitors, parents, athletic event participants, vendors, contractors, subcontractors, etc.


Can I use tobacco while in my personal vehicle while on campus?
No. Tobacco use is prohibited in all Georgia Tech’s operated parking areas, and when on Tech’s property, both inside and outside of vehicles.


What is considered a tobacco product and therefore prohibited by the policy?
All tobacco-derived or containing products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cloves, bidis, e-cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos, pipes, water pipes, hookah, and smokeless tobacco (chew, snus, etc.).


Why are e-cigarettes prohibited by this policy?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers e-cigarettes a tobacco product.


Why is smokeless tobacco prohibited by this policy?
Prohibiting the use of smokeless tobacco reduces the unintended consequence of smokers turning to smokeless-tobacco use on campus which has been proven harmful and addictive.


Where can I use tobacco?
The use of tobacco products is prohibited on all 31 universities and colleges in University System of Georgia.


Are other colleges and universities tobacco-free?
According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, as of April 2014:

  • 1,343 smoke free campuses in the United States
  • Of these, 925 are tobacco free
  • 167 prohibit the use of e-cigarettes

The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation maintains a complete list of colleges and universities with tobacco-free policies.
 
According to the USG, more than 50 percent of all USG institutions are already smoke or tobacco free.


Do students, faculty and staff have to quit using tobacco products?
No, the Tobacco Free Campus policy only requires people to refrain from using tobacco while they are on USG property.

However, for those who are ready to quit, there are programs available for all community members.
 
Over the counter (OTC) nicotine replacement products including skin patches, chewing gum and lozenges are currently available for students, faculty and staff at Stamps Health Services. These OTC nicotine replacement products are free of charge to students and employees enrolled in a cessation program through Stamps Health Services.
 
Students interested in a participating in a cessation program are encouraged to schedule an appointment at Stamps Health Services to meet with a tobacco treatment specialist and develop an individualized treatment plan. Stamps Health Services is offering Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved smoking cessation products on a prescription-only basis to students.
 
Faculty, staff and students who are interested in quitting are encouraged to sign-up for Freedom From Smoking® group sessions conducted by the American Lung Association. These sessions will be offered free of charge to participants.
 
In addition, the USG Workplace Wellness program  is providing coverage to faculty and staff for all over the counter items and prescription smoking cessation products. There will be a zero $ co-pay for these smoking cessation products. All over the counter smoking cessation products must have a prescription written from a physician in order to have a zero $ co-pay. Stamps Health Services cannot provide physician care and/or prescriptions to employees.
 
Students, faculty and staff can learn more about these cessation programs by visiting the Stamps Health website or send an email to cessation@gatech.edu to request additional information.


What can people do to manage their cravings while on campus?
Over the counter (OTC) nicotine replacement products including skin patches, chewing gum and lozenges are currently available for students, faculty and staff at Stamps Health Services.


Who will enforce the tobacco-free policy?
Enforcement of the policy will focus on awareness and education. Georgia Tech encourages the community to support each other in a positive, non-confrontational manner as we transition to a tobacco free campus.


Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
Send your question to tobaccofree@gatech.edu