Although this is less than the national average of 21%, it means that a significant percentage of California residents still smoke.
Over the last 15 years, public health initiatives have made restrictions on smoking in public places, including bars, restaurants, public spaces and airports.
Hospitals throughout the nation have also been moving toward smoke-free environments to promote healthy living styles among the patients, visitors and staff.
UCLA Health and the UCLA Health Sciences have implemented a policy establishing a smoke-free environment throughout the indoor and outdoor areas of our hospitals and health-sciences campuses. The areas that will be affected by this new policy include Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Medical Plaza, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Tiverton House, the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Public Health, as well as some areas of The UCLA College (see maps below).
In order to meet the needs of the UCLA healthcare community, this UCLA Smoke-Free Resource Center has been created. Within this site you will find updated information about the health risks of smoking and ways to stop smoking.
This information is available for all members of the UCLA healthcare community to assist patients, families, visitors and staff who are impacted by smoking. Staff and faculty can also contact their provider or benefits office for smoking cessation programs and pharmacy benefits.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. By taking steps such as this, UCLA Health and UCLA Health Sciences continue to lead the way toward healthier communities.
Westwood Campus Smoke-Free Environment
Santa Monica Campus Smoke-Free Environment
UCLA: First UC to Go Tobacco-Free (UCLA Policy 810 Tobacco-Free Environment 4/22/13)
UCLA is now a tobacco-free campus (UCLA Newsroom 4/22/13)
Bruins prepare to quit or cut back as UCLA goes tobacco-free (UCLA Today 4/18/13)
Quitting time: UCLA goes tobacco-free Monday (UCLA Today 4/16/13)