Tobacco and Smoke Free Campus

Below are the Top 10 FIU reasons for going smoke-free and tobacco-free.

  1. Improve the health of non-smokers
  2. Reduce the rates of preventable diseases and deaths among non-smokers from second-hand smoke
  3. Encourage faculty, student and staff smokers and tobacco users to make quit attempts
  4. Reduce the smoking rates among faculty, students and staff
  5. Reduce the number of workdays lost due to smoking
  6. Reduce the health care costs caused by smoking and second-hand smoke
  7. Encourage smokers to develop smoke-free homes/cars to benefit their family members
  8. Develop a healthier workforce
  9. Enhance FIU’s identity and public image as a health-promoting culture
  10. Join a global movement to develop tobacco-free colleges and universities

For more information about on-campus resources or to schedule an appointment for any of these services please call: BBC: 305-919-5307 MMC: 305-348-4020.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is FIU going Smoke & Tobacco Free?

    This regulation is about creating healthier campus environments for our students, staff, faculty and visitors. It is intended to foster greater respect for one another and improve the health of the FIU family. Additionally, adopting a smoke-free and tobacco-free policy aligns with FIU's growing commitment to environmental sustainability.

  • What areas of campus will the smoke-free and tobacco-free regulation cover?
    Smoking and the use of tobacco products will be prohibited on all university-owned properties,
    including Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Biscayne Bay Campus, Engineering Campus, recreational facilities, residential facilities, and parkinglots and garages.
  • Can I smoke in my car?
    Tobacco use in vehicles that are on FIU-owned properties will be prohibited under the new regulation.
  • Why doesn't FIU provide designated smoking areas on campus?
    Providing a place to smoke does not support the university's goal of creating a healthier environment. In an effort to support all members of the university community, University Health Services has expanded its tobacco cessation programs as well as its nicotine withdrawal support (NWS) programs for tobacco users who are not ready to quit and wish to use nicotine replacement therapies while at work.
  • Will FIU offer resources for students, facult y and staff who want to quit using tobacco?
    Yes. FIU is committed to helping students, faculty and staff manage or overcome their tobacco use. Nicotine replacement therapies are available on our campuses. The following resources are available to FIU students, faculty and staff:
    • FREE, individual counseling sessions are available through the FIU Healthy Living Program. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call: MMC: 305-348-4020 or BBC: 305-919-5307
    • Low-cost nicotine replacement therapy and pharmacotherapy also are available for order and purchase at the MMC University Health Services Pharmacy
    • The Florida Department of Health offers a toll-free Quitline, 1-877-U-CAN-NOW (1-877-822-6669), and a Website, with free resources in English and Spanish. Counselors are available 24 hours a day.
    • The American Cancer Society offers a toll-free phone line, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
    • The National Cancer Institute offers a toll-free phone line, 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848), with access to English- and Spanish-speaking counselors.
    • The Miami-Dade Area Health Education Center (AHEC) offers free tobacco-cessation classes, 305-597-3640, http://www.mdahec.org/CessationServices.asp or smokefree@mdahec.org
    • Visit Smokefree.gov for additional resources.
    • For individuals who want to quit "cold turkey" without medical treatment of their nicotine addiction, go to www.whyquit.com.
  • Are other colleges and universitie s going tobacco-free and smoke-free?
    As of January 2010, there are at least 774 campuses that are 100 percent smoke-free, including
    residential housing facilities, where they exist. (http://www.no-smoke.org/pdf/smokefreecollegesuniversities.pdf). Institutions of higher education are supporting tobacco-free environments for multiple reasons, including:
    1. Protecting the health of faculty, staff, students and visitors
    2. Supporting faculty, staff and student preferences for tobacco-free environments
    3. Keeping campuses clean
    4. Reducing fire hazards.
  • What are the rights of smokers?
    Court rulings maintain that tobacco users do not have the legal right to expose others to secondhand smoke, a Class A carcinogen. Additionally, they are not entitled to protection against discrimination as "addicts" or as "disabled persons".
  • Will the tobacco-free and smoke-free policy ex tend to vendors, contracted workers, etc.?
    Yes. All visitors, including vendors, contract workers, etc., will be required to refrain from using tobacco products on our campuses.
  • How can I ask questions or address concerns that I have about the tobacco-free campus policy?
    Any questions pertaining to the tobacco-free and smoke-free campus policy can be submitted to the Steering Committee via the FIU Tobacco-free Web site: http:\\tobacco-free.fiu.edu.
  • What happens if I violate the regulation and use tobacco on campus? Employees and Students:
    First-time offenders will receive a warning. The Notice of Violation will provide you with information on resources available to help you manage your tobacco use and/or resources if you are ready to quit.
  • What happens if I violate the regulation after I have been issued a warning?
    Employees and Students: If you violate the regulation a second time, you will be required to attend two smoking/tobacco management/dependence consultations with University Health Services. These classes are intended to help you manage your tobacco use. You may sign up for these classes with The Healthy Living Prorgam by calling their office on Modesto Maidique Campus at 305-348-
    4020 or the Biscayne Bay Campus at 305-919-5307. You must register for these classes within 14 days of receiving this notice and complete all classes within 45 calendar days of the notice. Failure to comply will result in this automatically becoming a third violation.
  • What happens if I violate th e regulation a third time?
    Employees:
    You will be referred to the appropriate area to begin the progressive disciplinary process.
    Students:
    You will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution for appropriate discipline.
  • When did the University start issuin g the Notice of Violation and why?
    As you may recall when the initiative was first implemented in January 2011, the University's intent was to educate the community and provide services to anyone who wanted to manage and/or quit the tobacco use. We are pleased to announce that many of the students and employees have adhered to this Regulation but there are individuals who have not. Thus, we are now ready to begin to address this matter at the next level. Effective the start of the Fall 2012 Semester, Notice of Violations will be issued.
  • Are there any areas on campus where smoking and/or tobacco use is allowed?
    Employees/Students/Vendors/Visitors:
    All university campuses are completely smoke and tobacco-free zones and, therefore, there are
    no areas in which tobacco use is allowed.
  • Will the University provide resources to help me stop or manage my tobacco use?
    Employee/Student/Vendor/Visitor:
    The University is absolutely committed to providing resources which are available to employees, students and visitors. Please visit http://tobacco-free.fiu.edu for more information.
  • What should I do if I see someone sm oking and/or using tobacco products?
    Employee/Student/Vendor/Visitor:
    You can provide them with education. As you approach the user, you can inform them that we are proud to be a Smoke-Free/Tobacco-Free Campus and to please put out the tobacco product. Hand them an informational card if you have one available. Let them know we have resources to help. If they refuse to cease smoking and/or the tobacco use, walk away. Do not get into a confrontational situation. The enforcement will be conducted by members of the University Police Department.
  • Why has the University implemented this Regulation?
    The university is committed to creating a healthier campus environment for our students, staff,
    faculty, and visitors. Further, this is one of many initiatives adopted by the University which is committed to environmental sustainability.

Contact

Modesto A. Maidique Campus
Student Health Center (SHC)
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

305-348-2401

Medical Records: medrec@fiu.edu

Healthy Living: hlp@fiu.edu

Health Compliance: immune@fiu.edu

Biscayne Bay Campus
Health Center Complex (HCC)
3000 NE 151 Street
North Miami, FL 33181

305-919-5620

Healthy Living
305-919-5307

Hours of Operation

Summer Semesters and Break Weeks

  • Monday-Friday: 8am to 5pm

Fall and Spring Semesters

Healthy Living Program

  • Monday-Friday: 8am to 5pm

Gold Clinic

  • Monday-Friday: 9am to 5pm

Blue Clinic

  • Monday-Tuesday: 8am to 6:30pm
  • Wed, Thurs, Fri: 8am to 5pm

Pharmacy

  • Monday-Tuesday: 8am to 6:30pm
  • Wed, Thurs, Fri: 8am to 5pm

Health Compliance (SASC Lobby)

  • Monday Thursday, and Friday:
    9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday and Wednesday:
    9am to 6pm