Reminder: Department of Public Safety now issuing smoking citations

After increasingly receiving reports of smokers who refuse to move the required 100 feet away from University facilities, the UNC Department of Public Safety (DPS) is now issuing citations to violators. Anyone who smokes within any smoke-free area on campus, including our employees, patients and visitors, is at risk to receive a citation. Each citation will result in a $25 fine and $121 in court costs.

UNC Health Care's tobacco-free policy took affect July 4, 2007, and the University instituted a similar policy in January 2008 that prohibits smoking in state-owned vehicles and all outdoor areas up to 100 feet from University facilities. These policies intend to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke and apply to all visitors, patients, students and employees. We have no designated smoking areas, so the practical effect of the policy is that the campus is smoke free.
 
Until now, the University has focused on education about the policy and resources to help people quit smoking. But after increasingly receiving reports of smokers who refuse to move the required 100 feet away from University facilities and who litter the ground with their cigarette butts, the UNC Department of Public Safety (DPS) will issue citations to violators beginning Sept. 2. Anyone who smokes within any smoke-free area on campus, including our employees, patients and visitors, is at risk to receive a citation. Each citation will result in a $25 fine and $121 in court costs.
 
Please note that UNC Health Care and UNC Hospitals' Police do not plan to begin writing citations for smoking violations. However, anyone smoking within the 100-foot no-smoking boundary of the University or within UNC Health Care's tobacco-free boundary is liable for citation from DPS.

We ask for your respect in following the tobacco-free boundaries established by UNC Health Care and the University. Now that citations will be issued, it is more essential than ever that inpatients and visitors be advised of our policies (and the University's). The map found here details the boundaries, with areas outside of the boundaries highlighted in red.

UNC Health Care's tobacoo-free is shown in yellow, while the University's no smoking area is shown in blue.

To help members of the Carolina community who would like to quit smoking, we will continue to offer smoking cessation assistance. UNC Health Care's Nicotine Dependence Program is available to help at ndp@med.unc.edu or 843-1521.