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University of Guam is a
Tobacco Free and Smoke Free Campus
 
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UOG Tobacco Policy
Excerpt from UOG Rules, Regulations and Procedures Manual
Updated September 19, 2013

Article VI. Policies Common to Administrators, Faculty, Staff and Students

 

F. TOBACCO-FREE POLICY

Pursuant to Board of Regents Resolution No. 13-24, the University of Guam (UOG) has a total ban on the sales, smoking and the distribution and use of tobacco and tobacco-based products on the UOG Campus, and properties.

The purpose of this policy is to protect the public health and welfare by prohibiting smoking and the use of tobacco products or simulated smoking devices, including but not limited to E-cigarettes, on the UOG campus and properties; to guarantee the right of nonsmokers to breathe smoke-free air, while recognizing that the need to breathe smoke-free air shall have priority over the desire to smoke; and to encourage a healthier, more productive living/learning environment for all members of our University community.

 

Definitions

A. “Smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, or pipe, including a hookah pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product, including but not limited to marijuana, intended for inhalation, in any manner or in any form. “Smoking” also includes the use of an e-cigarette which creates a vapor, in any manner or in any form, or the use of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking in this Policy.

B. “Tobacco Product” means any substance containing tobacco leaf, including but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, bidis, blunts, clove cigarettes, or any other preparation of tobacco; and any product or formulation of matter containing biologically active amounts of nicotine that is manufactured, sold, offered for sale, or otherwise distributed with the expectation that the product or matter will be introduced into the human body by inhalation or digestion; but does not include any cessation product specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in treating nicotine or tobacco dependence.

C. “E-cigarette” means any electronic oral device, such as one composed of a heating element, battery, and/or electronic circuit, which provides a vapor of nicotine or any other substances, and the use or inhalation of which simulates smoking. The term shall include any such device, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, or under any other product name or descriptor.
 
This Tobacco-Free Policy applies to all UOG facilities and vehicles, owned or leased, regardless of location. Smoking and the use of tobacco products or e-cigarettes shall not be permitted in any enclosed place, including privately owned vehicles, residential areas/dormitories, and businesses within University of Guam campus and properties. Smoking and the use of tobacco products or e-cigarettes shall also be prohibited outdoors on all UOG properties, including the campus and parking lots. This policy applies to all students, UOG employees, and other persons on campus and on UOG properties, regardless of the purpose for their visit.

Copies of this policy shall be distributed to all University employees and shall be included with information given to all admitted students. Announcements shall also be printed in campus newspapers to insure that everyone understands the policy. All contracts with activities or services on campus or University properties shall also reflect this policy in writing with intent to actively announce and enforce compliance. Signs prohibiting smoking and the use of tobacco products shall be posted at points of entry to the University of Guam campus and at all University of Guam building entrances. No ashtrays shall be provided at any location on University properties. No tobacco products or paraphernalia shall be sold or distributed as samples on university grounds, either in vending machines or any area on campus or on University properties.

The success of this policy will depend on the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of smokers and nonsmokers. All students and University employees share in the responsibility for adhering to this policy. Violations of this policy will be addressed in accordance with UOG disciplinary procedures and other enforcement action as permitted by UOG policy.

Tobacco cessation programs and other resources to assist and encourage individuals who wish to quit using tobacco products will be made available by UOG. Questions regarding this policy and its enforcement should be handled through existing departmental administrative channels and administrative procedures.

Tobacco-related advertising or sponsorship shall not be permitted on UOG properties at UOG-sponsored events, or in publications produced by the University of Guam, with the exception of advertising in a newspaper or magazine that is not produced by the UOG and which is lawfully sold, bought, or distributed on UOG properties. For the purposes of this policy

Individuals and/or businesses convicted of violating Guam law regarding prohibitions of smoking are subject to significant fines and penalties, in accordance with 10 GCA Ch. 90 Natasha Protection Act of 2005 or other related mandates.


 
Tobacco / Smoking Cessation Resources
  • Tobacco Free Guam (TFG) Quitline info:  Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit www.quitnow.net/guam.  The TFG quitline offers free & confidential counseling with a QuitCoach, free educational material and free one month supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) such as gum or patches.  Open 24/7 with unlimited calls to QuitCoach.
  • Free of charge tobacco cessation counseling / classes offered by Mr. Peter J. Cruz from the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center.  Classes offered at DOA through their training department (5 weeks - 1x per week).  Mr. Cruz can also work one to one counseling sessions and has been conducting cessation classes within the private sector as well.  He can  work something out to partner with Gloria at UOG.
  • Other insurance companies may offer their own cessation classes.
  • For more information please call the Department of Public Health and Social Services, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program at 735-7334 or email Christopher Surla at christopher.surla@dphss.guam.govor me at elizabeth.guerrero@dphss.guam.gov.