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lion deaths worldwide each year. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) is responsible for an estimat-ed 53,000 deaths per year in nonsmokers. In addi-tion, the 1986 US Surgeon General’s Report entitled, The Health Consequences of Involuntary Smoking, concluded the following: Involuntary smoking is a cause of disease, including lung cancer, in healthy nonsmokers. The simple separation of smokers and nonsmokers within the same airspace may reduce, but does not eliminate, the exposure of the nonsmok-er to ETS. In addition to causing direct health and environmental hazards, smoking contributes to insti-tutional costs in other ways, including fire damage, cleaning and maintenance costs, and costs associ-ated with employee absenteeism, health care, and medical insurance. In light of this information, and as part of a global wellness initiative for the University, USC Upstate shall become a completely tobacco-free and smoke-free campus. The policy expands the 2011 smoke-free/ tobacco-free policy to include the use of elec-tronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) of any kind (either prescribed or non-prescribed electronic nicotine delivery devices). The intent of this policy is to cre-ate an environment that is conducive to quitting to-bacco use, promoting the prevention of tobacco use and preventing the risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke and vapors. This will be sup-ported by ongoing communications and cessation programs for those who desire to quit or abstain from tobacco. Enforcement for the policy is the respon-sibility of each member of the USC Upstate com-munity. Faculty, staff and students are expected to enforce the policy for their facilities and/or sponsored activities. A. Covered Individuals The provisions of this policy apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all students, faculty, staff, visi-tors, volunteers, contractors and vendors unless oth-erwise noted. B. Definitions 1. “Tobacco and smoking products” include all tobac-co- derived or containing products, including but not limited to cigarettes (i.e. clove, bidis, kreteks), elec-tronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos, pipes, water pipes, smokeless tobacco products or substitutions (spit and spitless, chew, pouches, snuff) or any other device intended to simulate smoked tobacco. This does not apply to nicotine replacement therapy, which is designed to assist tobacco users to quite tobacco. Acceptable forms of nicotine replacement therapy include prescription nasal spray and/or oral inhaler medications, nicotine gum, transdermal nico-tine skin patches, and nicotine lozenges. 2. USC Upstate property includes all owned or leased buildings (inlcuding all offices, classrooms, laboratories, meeting rooms, residence halls, rest-rooms, lobbies, lounges, cafeterias, hallways, stair-wells, elevators, etc.), building entrances, balconies, decks, patios, outside stairways to buildings and out-door passageways to entrances; buildings on land for use by the University; in all University vehicles; sidewalks; parking lots; athletic venues; common ar-eas; and any and all land for use by the University, including campus “green spaces.” This also includes the areas of USC Upstate in Greenville, the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics in downtown Spartanburg, and any other current or future USC Upstate owned or leased properties. C. Use of Tobacco Products 1. The use of tobacco products is prohibited on uni-versity property. No ashtrays, receptacles or smok-ing shelters will be permitted. 2. The use of tobacco products is prohibited in uni-versity- owned, operated or leased vehicles. 3. The use of tobacco products is prohibited in per-sonal vehicles parked on university property. 4. The university discourages the use of tobacco products by all covered individuals on properties ad-jacent to the campus. D. Support of Tobacco Products 1. All tobacco advertising, including flyers, posters, electronic media, University newspapers and other publications etc., is prohibited on the USC Upstate campus and other current or future USC Upstate owned or leased properties, as supported by the University posting policy. 2. The sale of tobacco products and tobacco-related merchandise (including logo items) is prohibited on all USC Upstate property, as well as other current or future USC Upstate owned or leased properties, and at university-sponsored events, regardless of the op-erating vendor. 3. The free distribution of any tobacco product is pro-hibited on the USC Upstate campus and other cur-rent or future USC Upstate owned or leased proper-ties, including to or by any clubs or organizations. 4. Tobacco industry and related company sponsor-ship of athletic events is prohibited. 5. USC Upstate campus organizations are prohibited from accepting money or gifts from tobacco compa-nies, or from distributing free, reduced-price, or fully priced tobacco products (including all items contain-ing tobacco as well as promotional products such as t-shirts, hats, etc.) E. Communication of Policy 1‘5126 - ‘17 Student Handbook 148


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