USC Sumter is Now a Tobacco Free Campus
As of January 1, 2014, the University of South Carolina Sumter campus is tobacco-free, meaning tobacco use is prohibited on all university property.
The university has banned tobacco use within 25 feet of buildings and outdoor seating areas since 2006. But the expansion of the policy prohibits tobacco use even in personal cars parked in university-owned parking lots and garages, including those for sporting events. The ban includes all smoked tobacco products, such as cigarettes and cigars, as well as smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes, which are considered a tobacco product by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and can create confusion because they look and smell like regular cigarettes.
To help students, faculty and staff comply with the new policy, Campus Wellness is offering a variety of ways to kick the tobacco habit or at least manage tobacco cravings while on campus. For those who are ready to quit, the university is offering a number of free and low-cost resources to help as well.
For more information on the specifics of the policy, visit the policy section of the website.