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[May 22, 2012]
With UC preparing to go smoke-free in two years, faculty and staff looking to quit or reduce their tobacco use can take advantage of the many resources UC offers.
Many campuses offer classes, personal consultations and referrals to smoking cessation programs in the community. UC Davis Medical Center, for example, offers a five-week course that includes psychological support and cardiovascular exercise. A support group meets monthly for those who finish the program. And at UC Riverside, a wellness coordinator provides one-on-one consultation to help you assess your readiness to quit and direct you to the right resources.
Your UC-sponsored medical plan also has tools for you, such as personal coaching, prescription medications or other resources to help you become smoke-free.
Find out what resources are available at your location and through your medical plan by visiting UC Living Well.
By 2014, UC will ban smoking and chewing tobacco on campuses, including parking lots and housing, as part of its commitment to cut tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. The sale and advertising of tobacco products also will be prohibited.
A leader in effective healthcare practices, UC has already barred smoking at its five medical centers. The remaining campuses do not allow smoking inside buildings or within 20 to 25 feet of buildings.