Smoking Policy - Frequently Asked Questions
Q. The University originally intended to become a smoke-free campus on July 1, 2009. Why was the date moved up one full year?
A. In April 2008, Iowa Governor Chet Culver signed legislation—the Smoke-Free Air Act—that requires all public educational facilities to be smoke-free both inside buildings and on the grounds. Under this legislation the University of Iowa is required by law to be a smoke-free campus effective July 1, 2008.
Q. How is this policy being communicated to campus groups and to potential visitors?
A. Efforts to publicize the new smoking policy that takes effect July 1, 2008, will be varied and on-going throughout the summer and fall. These include campus-wide email communications, information on UI websites, student and staff presentations, and notification in print materials. Signs will be posted in all building entrances/exits, in all parking structures, and at designated points in and around campus identifying The University of Iowa as a smoke-free campus.
Q. Are there designated smoking areas on campus?
A. Effective July 1, 2008, The University of Iowa is a smoke-free campus. Smoking areas or smoking shelters will not been designated on University grounds. Please see the campus map that identifies the campus boundaries and the shaded area in which smoking is not allowed.
Q. What are the campus boundaries?
A. Campus boundaries are identified on the following maps.
Q. Is Kinnick Stadium smoke-free?
A. Yes. Kinnick Stadium, both within the stadium and University grounds surrounding the stadium, are within the campus boundaries and are designated smoke-free.
Q. Is the University Capitol Center smoke-free?
A. There is no smoking allowed within the University Capitol Center. The sidewalk surrounding the University Capitol Center and the adjacent parking ramp are City of Iowa City property and under city jurisdiction.
Q. Are University parking ramps, parking structures and parking lots included in the smoke-free campus?
A. Yes. All parking structures and parking lots that are on University grounds are covered by the smoke-free campus policy.
Q. Are recreational facilities, such as the Hawkeye Recreation Fields, included in the smoke-free campus?
A. Yes. All recreational facilities including the Hawkeye Recreation Fields and the MacBride Field Campus are included in the smoke-free campus policy.
Q. Is Finkbine Golf Course included in the smoke-free campus?
Q. Are the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and Health Sciences Campus still smoke-free?
A. Yes. These areas of campus were designated smoke-free in 2006 and 2007 respectively, and will continue as such.
Q. Can I smoke in my car that is parked in a University parking structure, parking ramp or parking lot?
A. No. Iowa law identifies The University of Iowa as "school grounds" and as such prohibits individuals from smoking in parked cars on school grounds.
Assistance with Stopping Smoking
Q. I'm a University of Iowa student. Where can I receive assistance in quitting smoking?
A. The following link identifies resources available to students who are interested in quitting smoking. See Smoking Cessation Education & Resources.
Q. I'm a University of Iowa faculty/staff member. Where can I receive assistance in quitting smoking?
A. The following link identifies resources available to faculty and staff who are interested in quitting smoking. See Smoking Cessation Education & Resources.
Q. How should I respond if a staff member expresses interest in quitting smoking?
A. Congratulate them on the first step towards quitting, and let them know there are many free resources available to them including individual counseling, and financial support for nicotine replacement therapy or prescription medication. More information is available here. See Smoking Cessation Education & Resources.
Q. I’m not affiliated with the University. Where can I get help in quitting smoking?
A. All Iowans can receive free smoking cessation services from Quitline Iowa. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit www.quitlineiowa.org for more information.
Q. How will people know that The University of Iowa is a smoke-free campus?
Signage indicating that The University of Iowa is a smoke-free campus will be posted in all building entrances/exits, within parking structures, and at key points across campus. Download sample sign (pdf).
Q. How was sign placement identified?
A. Iowa law requires signage to be posted on all building entrances and exits, in all University owned or leased vehicles, and at entry and exit points to campus. Sign placement around campus was determined by the policy implementation team in conjunction with representatives from Facilities Management and the Campus Planning Committee.
Q. How will this policy be enforced?
The University’s primary goal is to achieve voluntary compliance with the Iowa Smokefree Air Act and the smoke-free campus policy by educating students, faculty, staff, and visitors about the requirements of the law and by providing smoking cessation assistance to staff, students, and faculty who seek such assistance.
All faculty, staff, students, and visitors are expected to comply with the Iowa Smokefree Air Act and refrain from smoking on University property.
Supervisors may be notified of faculty and/or staff who violate the policy by smoking in areas that are designated as non-smoking. Supervisors will be expected to remind individuals of the policy and seek their cooperation with compliance. The University’s smoking cessation assistance opportunities should be communicated to faculty or staff by supervisors and by unit HR representatives. Smoking Cessation Education and Resources
Faculty and staff who violate the policy are subject to disciplinary procedures in accordance with University policies.
Students who violate the policy by smoking in areas that are designated as non-smoking are subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the policies and regulations affecting University of Iowa students. Students should be made aware of smoking cessation services as provided by Student Health Services—Health Iowa. Smoking Cessation Education and Resources
Individuals smoking on University grounds—including faculty, staff, students, and visitors—are subject to a $50 fine in accordance with Iowa law. Citations may be issued by UI Police if a person does not extinguish smoking material upon request or continues in non-compliance of the law after being warned.
Q. What should I do if I see someone smoking on University grounds?
A. Faculty, staff and students who see individuals smoking on University grounds are asked to inform these individuals politely that state law prohibits smoking anywhere on University grounds.
Q. What role does the Iowa Department of Public Health have in enforcement of this law?
A. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is identified as the enforcement agency for the law. In this role, they will review complaints filed by individuals regarding violation of the law, and respond accordingly to the identified business or organization in violation.
For more information from IDPH or to register a complaint, individuals can call 1-888/944-2247 or visit www.IowaSmokefreeAir.gov.