Tobacco-Free Campus Background


Effective August 1, 2013, all Augusta University campuses are tobacco-free.
University Village became tobacco-free July 1, 2014.

The use of tobacco products of any kind, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited on all Augusta University properties, including academic, research and clinical buildings, parking lots and green spaces on the main Augusta campuses and at satellite facilities such as our West Augusta practice site and the campuses in other parts of Georgia. The policy applies to employees, students, patients, visitors, and vendors.

Initial Implementation Process 2006-2007

Implementing this initiative was a thoughtful, inclusive process and deliberate decision involving many stakeholders. In 2006, prior to the Medical College of Georgia originally becoming a tobacco-free campus in November 2007, a task force of more than 40 representatives from the university, hospital and clinics worked for nearly a year to lay out a plan for a smooth transition to a tobacco-free environment. Internal audiences and hospital patients and visitors were surveyed and similar organizations that have implemented tobacco-free policies were asked to share their experiences. Plans were laid to support members of the university and hospital community faced with the challenges of overcoming their nicotine addiction. Tobacco cessation services were offered through the College of Nursing.

Expanded Implementation as Part of Augusta University Consolidation 2013-2014

In 2012, prior to the consolidation of Georgia Health Sciences and Augusta State University into Augusta University, an informal survey conducted by Human Resources was distributed to students, faculty, and staff on the Summerville/Forest Hills campuses to gather input and to identify tobacco cessation needs.

The transition to tobacco-free at the Summerville and Forest Hills campuses in 2013 was a team effort involving Augusta University administration, faculty, staff and students from all Augusta campuses.

  • Executive Leadership - Project Sponsors
    - Provost Gretchen Caughman, PhD
    - Samir N. Khleif, MD, Director, Augusta University Cancer Center 
  • Project Leadership - Office of Institutional Effectiveness
    - Karen Ribble, Project Manager
  • Core Team - Leaders of five functional /working teams
  • Working Teams 
    - Communications/Marketing
    - Compliance
    - Facilities
    - Community Education and Outreach
    - Cessation

Promoting a Healthy Campus

As Georgia's only health sciences university and the CSRA's only academic medical center, our mission is to improve health and reduce the burden of illness in society. By adopting the tobacco-free initiative, Augusta University is helping lead the way as numerous educational and health care facilities across the state and the nation act to protect students, employees, patients and visitors from exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke and secondhand electronic-cigarette aerosol. This is an important step in fulfilling our role as healthcare leader in Georgia and in promoting a healthy learning and work environment in our community.

Sharing the Responsibility

We encourage all Augusta University students and employees to take an active part in helping enforce our tobacco-free campus and in promoting a healthier place to learn, work and provide healthcare services. Utilize the resources provided by this Web site.

If you or someone you care about uses tobacco, take advantage of the tobacco cessation program at the Augusta University Cancer Center.