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Anschutz Medical Campus and a tobacco-free policy

Frequently Asked Questions


The university is moving toward a total ban on all tobacco use on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Ultimately, the tobacco-ban will apply to all UC Denver-owned property on the Anschutz Medical Campus. For the next six months, until Oct. 31, individuals who wish to use tobacco can do so only in the designated facility in the Evergreen Parking Lot. After the six-month phase in period, all tobacco use will be banned entirely from the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Why are we adopting this policy? Why are we doing it now?

The policy comes from months of discussion and consideration by all schools and colleges and governance groups on the campus. While our partners at the University of Colorado Hospital and The Children’s Hospital could adopt bans through their management structure, we needed to consult our community in order to arrive at a decision that ensured all were heard.

How will the policy be enforced?

Like many university employee policies, first and foremost it is up to the individual to respect and follow these rules. Signage alerting individuals to the policy will be placed throughout the campus. Additionally, all university community members are encouraged to alert individuals they may encounter breaking the rule to the new policy. All community members are welcome to pick up free cards at the campus bookstore that can be handed out to alert individuals to the new tobacco-free policy.

Could I face employee disciplinary action for violating the policy?

Yes. Employees will be expected to adhere to this university policy as they do to all others. Failure to do so will result in appropriate disciplinary action, as it would with any other stated policy.

Can I smoke anywhere on the campus?

Until Oct. 31, you can smoke in the designated smoking area in the Evergreen Parking Lot. After that time, no areas of the campus will be open for tobacco use and individuals will need to leave the campus entirely to use tobacco.

Can I smoke in my car?

If your car is parked on university property or on any property that is part of the Anschutz Medical Campus, tobacco use is prohibited.

If I would like to quit smoking or using tobacco products, how will the university assist me?

All university healthcare options include cessation assistance at little or no cost to the employee beyond their monthly healthcare premiums. Additionally, the state of Colorado runs a free service that provides proven programs for cessation including support groups, counseling and access to drug-related assistance.