Augusta University (Augusta University) prohibits the use of tobacco products on any property owned, leased or controlled by Augusta University, Augusta University Medical Center, or the Georgia Regents Physicians Practice Group.
The use of tobacco products is widely accepted as a leading cause of avoidable death. The mortality and morbidity of tobacco use has adverse effects among tobacco users and non-users alike including respiratory disorders, heart disease and various forms of cancer. Tobacco smoke contains 7,000-plus chemical compounds, more than 70 of which are known or suspected to cause cancer. People exposed to secondhand smoke absorb nicotine and other toxic chemicals just as smokers do.
Because of the deleterious effects of tobacco use, Augusta University, Georgia Regents Medical Center, and the Georgia Regents Medical Associates have committed to a tobacco-free campus for the purpose of promoting a healthy environment for all persons, including faculty, students, staff, visitors, and others who visit the campus.
These definitions apply to these terms as they are used in this policy:
Augusta University property – includes but is not limited to all buildings, surrounding land, parking lots, parking decks, green space, and adjacent sidewalk areas owned, leased or controlled by Augusta University , Georgia Regents Medical Center, or the Georgia Regents Medical Associates.
Green space –Green space includes the landscaped and grassy areas of the campus.
Tobacco-related product – Any product derived from tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, bidis, kreteks, pipes, and smokeless or spit tobacco.
Employees, faculty, students, patients, visitors, vendors, contractors and all others are prohibited from using any tobacco related products while on property owned, leased, or controlled by Augusta University, Georgia Regents Medical Center, or Georgia Regents Medical Associates, including but not limited to all buildings, surrounding land, parking lots, parking decks, green space, and adjacent sidewalk areas. Use of tobacco products in vehicles that are parked on Augusta University property is prohibited.
EXCEPTIONS: The Executive Director of the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home shall have the authority to grant exceptions for the nursing home. Such exceptions shall not be extended to Augusta University employees, faculty, students, visitors, vendors and contractors.
The Summerville and Forest Hills Campuses will not be required to become tobacco free until August 1, 2013.
University Village will not be required to be tobacco free until July 1, 2014. During the period from August 1, 2013-June 30, 2014, an area designated for smoking will be identified to accommodate existing housing contracts.
The public areas of the Forest Hills Golf Course are exempted from this policy.
ENFORCEMENT: Faculty, employees and students of Augusta University are expected to be positive role models and good ambassadors of the Tobacco Free initiative to non-university persons on campus.
1) All Augusta University supervisors must inform subordinate staff members of this policy and inform them that failure to comply can be grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Augusta University Work Rules. Employees will be informed of the penalties for violation of work rules (See policy 4.50.01 Performance Coaching Counseling and Discharge for Georgia Regents Medical Center Staff and Augusta University policy 1.4.07, Disciplinary Procedures for Classified Employees for further guidelines), and applicable policies for faculty, residents and students.
2) The monitoring and enforcement of the tobacco free workplace policy is the responsibility of all Augusta University faculty, employees and students. Each member should consistently and politely bring any infraction of this policy to the attention of the person or persons observed violating the policy.
3) Visitors, vendors, or contractors, and others not specifically employed by Augusta University will be reported to the department responsible for their presence on campus. Attempts should be made to remedy violations prior to contacting Augusta University Public Safety or Georgia Regents Medical Center Safety and Security. In circumstances where departmental leadership is unable to remedy the situation, then Augusta University Public Safety or Georgia Regents Medical Center Safety and Security will be contacted for assistance.
4) Augusta University will inform and remind faculty, employees, students, patients, visitors, vendors and contractors of this policy by posting signage in strategically located areas. Faculty and staff employees will also be informed and reminded of this policy as part of pre-employment processes, new employee orientation and other general employee communications.
5) Augusta University will make every effort to make available tobacco use cessation services and support to faculty, employees, students, patients and others who choose to pursue cessation programs.
6) Patients and visitors who violate this policy will be informed that they may be asked to leave the premises. Vendors and contractors may be subject to action, up to and including, the legal termination of a contract.
Tobacco Cessation support will be made available through the Augusta University Cancer Center by calling 706-721-6744
Ricardo Azziz, MD, MPH, MBA
President, Augusta University and CEO, Georgia Regents Health System
Policy Owner: UA
Point of Contact: Office of the Provost
Effective Date: June 12, 2013
Version Number: 1.0