FAQ

What tobacco products are included in this policy?
UWM is including all tobacco products that the FDA regulates as such, including but not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, roll-your-own tobacco, pipe tobacco and hookah. Learn more about the FDA’s tobacco regulation: https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm506676.htm
Why are e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products included?
Our tobacco-free policy is a comprehensive one; the FDA currently regulates e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco as tobacco products. E-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products are also hazardous to health. For additional information on e-cigarettes, learn more from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html and smokeless tobacco: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/smokeless/health_effects/index.htm
Why did UWM adopt this policy?
UWM is committed to fostering a safe campus environment for all students and employees. Although UWM respects that smoking is a personal choice, smoking and secondhand smoke increases the risks of heart disease, cancer and respiratory problems. Learn more about the associated health risks of smoking: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/index.htm.
There are also many environmental costs associated with tobacco use, such as deforestation, pollution and littering. Learn more from the World Health Organization about tobacco’s harmful environmental impact: http://www.who.int/tobacco/publications/environmental-impact-overview/en/.
Who is implementing this policy?
A tobacco-free policy was initially proposed to the Physical Environment Committee by the Student Association. Smoke- and tobacco-free policies were studied over the course of several years. The current policy was recommended to shared governance groups, approved and then signed by the chancellor. Faculty, staff and students from across campus serve on an implementation team. You can join the implementation team by emailing smoke-free@uwm.edu.
Does this policy extend to all UWM campuses?
Yes, UWM’s smoke- and tobacco-free policy includes both the main Milwaukee campus and all other UWM campuses and associated buildings, such as the School of Continuing Education, the School of Freshwater Sciences, etc. There will be descriptive maps available online and physical signs posted in and around UWM buildings.
Does it also extend to UWM’s residence halls?
Yes, this policy includes all five UWM residence halls: Riverview, Purin Hall, Kenilworth Square, Cambridge Commons and Sandburg Hall. If you have more questions about how the smoke- and tobacco-free policy relates to residents or guests, please reach out to your RA.
Can I smoke inside my car on campus?
No, smoking is not allowed on any UWM campus or property.
What about at UWM sporting games, concerts and other events?
All events occurring on UWM campuses or property are covered by the smoke- and tobacco-free policy.
Is religious and ceremonial use of tobacco covered in the policy? What about theatre productions?
This policy does not apply to religious and ceremonial activities or theatre productions. However, all such exceptions should be approved in advance by campus administration.
Will there be designated smoking areas on campus?
No, unfortunately smoking areas and shelters are not a feasible option for our campus.
How will the smoke- and tobacco-free policy be enforced?
There will be an emphasis on education, particularly as the policy is rolled out across our campus community. However, repeat offenders found using tobacco products on campus will be more likely cited for policy violation or face other disciplinary processes through their employer or the dean’s office.
If I’m a student interested in quitting tobacco, what resources are available to me?
If you’re a UWM student, contact on-campus health services through the Norris Health Center, which provides tobacco cessation resources, like nicotine replacement therapy. We also recommend the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line, a free service that connects people who want to quit smoking with a personal coach. Find more resources at our Quit Smoking page listed in the navigation bar above.
If I’m a UWM employee (faculty/staff) interested in quitting tobacco, what resources are available to me? Does my insurance cover tobacco cessation?
Yes, cessation assistance is available through the Employee Assistance Program and the Uniform Group Health Insurance Program offers smoking cessation coverage as well. We also recommend the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line, a free service that connects people who want to quit smoking with a personal coach. Find more resources at our Quit Smoking page listed in the navigation bar above.