Enforcement of the Smoke & Tobacco-Free Policy will be achieved primarily through education, awareness and a spirit of cooperation.

It is the expectation that the CSUCI community will come together and practice “social enforcement,” which refers to the establishment of a broadly shared norm and value within our community. Members of the campus community will maintain the no smoking or tobacco policy by engaging in direct, honest and supportive communication. Be respectful. Listen and have empathy for their situation.

While compliance with this policy is an individual responsibility, members of the campus community should be aware that enforcement of this policy may occur in the following instances:

  • University Police shall reserve all enforcement authority with regards to any violation of existing state and federal laws.
  • Individual agreements that prohibit smoking and proscribe penalties for breaches that are not impacted by the CSU Executive Order (PDF, 126KB) (e.g. student housing license agreements, other residential licenses, or existing leases).

Example Script #1:

Situation: You see a person smoking on CSUCI property.

Response: “Hello, my name is _______________, and I’m a (staff, faculty, student) here. I want to make you aware that we are now a Smoke & Tobacco-Free campus…meaning that tobacco products including vaping are prohibited on University property. We would appreciate it if you would please not use tobacco or vaping products while visiting the campus. Thank you for your cooperation.”

Example Script #2:

Question: “Where am I allowed to smoke?”

Response: “Smoking and other tobacco products are not allowed anywhere on CSUCI property. If you need to smoke, you will need to leave the campus property. If you are interested in quitting smoking you can call the California Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS.”

Example Script #3

For Vendors and Visitors: “I’d like to let you know in advance that our campus is smoke and tobacco-free. Smoking, including vaping, is not permitted on any University property, grounds or parking areas. Thank you for respecting our policy.”


If these steps are taken and still do not work, complaints can be filed with the University’s Human Resources or Student Conduct & Community Responsibility offices.

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