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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Why are we becoming a smoke-free campus?

A:   The U.S. Surgeon General's report (2012) clearly states that tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure are serious public health concerns and indicates that more than 1,200 people in this county die each day due to cigarette smoking. In addition to causing direct health hazards, smoking and smokeless tobacco use contribute to institutional costs associated with employee and student absenteeism, health care and increased medical insurance, increased fire risk and environmental impact, and cleaning and maintenance costs.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has long served as a role model in promoting health and wellness in the community. As a result, the University actively seeks to create a campus environment that is completely free of smoking and second-hand smoke for a healthier environment.

Q: What areas of campus will be smoke-free?

A:   This initiative covers the entire campus, including the following areas:

  1. All interior space owned, rented, or leased by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, academic and administrative buildings, residence halls, athletic facilities and parking structures.
  2. All outdoor areas, parking lots, grounds, eating areas, rooftops, plazas, courtyards, entrance and exit ways, agricultural facilities, and any other areas of the university campuses.
  3. Within all University owned, rented or leased vehicles and private vehicles while on campus.

Go to the Smoke-Free Areas / Map page to view the map.

Q: Is a smoke-free campus policy a violation of Constitutional and civil rights?

A:   No, there is no federal or state constitutional right to smoke or use tobacco products. Tobacco users are not a category protected under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution and the Constitutional right to liberty does not shield tobacco users from smoke-free legislation.

Q: Where can I get nicotine replacement products on campus?

A:   Nicotine replacement products (NRT) are available at University Health Services Mānoa. The University is aware that nicotine is a highly addictive drug. We encourage the use of a nicotine replacement product such as the gum or lozenge for help during the tobacco cessation process.

Q: What should someone do if they see someone smoking on campus?

A:   You may want to choose from the following options:

  • Remind the person that UH Mānoa is a smoke-free campus
  • Kindly request the person to stop smoking
  • Inform the person that there are cessation support resources on campus and in the community to help people quit, including University Health Services Mānoa and the Tobacco Quitline.


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