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Tips for Using UCR Smoke Tobacco-Free Suggested Scripts

These scripts are intended to help UCR community members become more comfortable discussing the smoke and tobacco-free environment policy with other staff, students, faculty and visitors in a respectful and supportive manner.

  • Be empathetic. The three to five minutes you spend with a person struggling with their need for marijuana or tobacco could help their craving dissipate.
  • Use common sense in every situation.
  • Remember that the encounter should be supportive, not punitive.
  • Share information about the campus policy in a non-judgmental way.

Smoke Tobacco-Free Suggested Scripts

Script 1

Situation: You see a person using electronic smoking devices or marijuana/tobacco products on UCR property

Response: “Hello, my name is ______, and I am an (employee, student, faculty member) here at UCR. I want to make you aware that we are a smoke and tobacco-free campus, meaning that smoking is prohibited on our grounds. We do not allow electronic smoking devices, marijuana, nor tobacco products on campus. The UC system implemented this policy because we are committed to providing a healthy, safe, and productive work and learning environment for the entire campus community. We would appreciate it if you would not smoke or use any products while visiting our campus. Thank you for helping us keep our campus smoke and tobacco-free.”
Script 2

Question: Where am I allowed to smoke?

Response: “Smoking and the use of electronic smoking devices, marijuana, or tobacco products are not allowed on any UCR property. If you wish to smoke, you will need to leave campus property to do so. Maps indicating the boundaries of the UCR property are located on the UCR Campus Map webpage.”
Script 3

Question: Am I allowed to smoke in my car?

    Response: “We ask that you respect our policy and not smoke or use electronic smoking devices or tobacco/marijuana products while your vehicle is on UCR property.”
    Script 4
    For Vendors, Contractors, and Visitors: “I’d like to let you know in advance that UCR has been a smoke/tobacco-free environment since January 2, 2014. Smoking or use of electronic smoking devices or marijuana/tobacco products are not permitted on any University property, grounds or in the parking areas. Thank you for respecting our policy.”