tobacco free

Tobacco Free USC Aiken

Campus Initiatives

Everyone on USC Aiken’s campus – students, staff, faculty, visitors, vendors, contractors, etc.
The use of any tobacco product is prohibited on all university property. This includes all tobaccoderived or containing products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cloves, bidis, e-cigarettes (also known as vaping), cigars and cigarillos, pipes, water pipes, hookah, smokeless tobacco (chew, snus, etc.).
E-cigarettes/vaping contain nicotine, which is a derivative of tobacco. The policy prohibits tobacco and all tobacco-derived products.
Smokeless tobacco is a tobacco product. Prohibiting the use of smokeless tobacco reduces the unintended consequence of smokers turning to smokeless tobacco use on campus.
The use of tobacco products is prohibited on all university grounds including the Convocation Center and University Housing.
As of April 2, 2015, there are now at least 1,543 100% smoke free campuses in the United States. Of these, 1043 are 100% tobacco-free including USC Columbia, USC Beaufort, USC Upstate, Lander University, Francis Marion University, and all public universities in Georgia. The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation maintains a complete list of colleges and universities with tobaccofree policies. www.no-smoke.org/pdf/smokefreecollegesuniversities.pdf
No, the university only requires people to refrain from using tobacco while they are on campus. For those who are ready to quit, there are resources available for individuals including personalized counseling, electronic messaging and web based programs.

The complete policy is located on our Policies and Procedures page.

View AFCMN 107 - Tobacco Free Campus policy

  • The USC Aiken Psychology Clinic is a psychological service, training and research center that provides treatment for clients with a variety of concerns. Creating an individualized tobacco cessation plan will be offered to students, faculty and staff at USC Aiken. Please visit the Department of Psychology website for more information on how to contact the Psychology Clinic and set up your initial appointment.
  • Quit for Life for State Health Plan members (Medication & Coaching) - Call 1-866- QUIT4LIFE - SC State Quitline for Uninsured and Underinsured 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)
  • The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (S.C. DHEC) offers treatment and resources to all residents of South Carolina, as well as links to helpful tools for anyone, regardless of residence. www.scdhec.gov/health/chcdp/tobacco/quit-for-keeps
Nicotine replacement therapy products, such as gum and lozenges, are available for purchase at nearby pharmacies, convenience stores and supermarkets.
Yes. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (S.C. DHEC) offers treatment and resources to all residents of South Carolina, as well as links to helpful tools for anyone, regardless of residence.

www.scdhec.gov/health/chcdp/tobacco/quit-for-keeps

Enforcement is everyone’s business. As members of the USC Aiken community, students, faculty and staff are responsible for maintaining a safe and healthy campus environment. Students and employees are encouraged to politely and compassionately address violators using the university’s scripting guide.

If you feel there is a repeat offender that is not complying with reminders you can report them by sending an email to MIla Padgett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include location of offense, times and dates observed, and type of tobacco product being used.

Mila Padgett, Brian Enter and Dr. Brian Parr are co-chairs for the Healthy 4 Life committee. You can contact any of them at the following email addresses:

  • Mila Padgett This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Brian Enter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Dr. Brian Parr This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.tobaccofreecampus.org