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Frequently Asked Questions – Tobacco-Free

What are considered smoking products? 

Cigars, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, e-cigarettes/vapes, and hookahs, are considered smoking and tobacco products for purposes of this policy and are prohibited on all university-owned or -leased property or vehicles. Nicotine gum, patches, and similar cessation products are NOT considered tobacco products and are thus permitted. 

Are there exceptions to the policy? 

People wishing to use tobacco as part of an established religious or cultural ceremony, artistic performance in a University-sponsored event or for educational/clinical purposes, may contact the vice chancellor for Student Affairs to request an exemption for these activities. 

What are the boundaries of the university for the purposes of defining university property?  

The boundaries include any property owned or leased by TCU. The tobacco-free policy does not apply to city streets or sidewalks that are not adjoining university property. Please reference the campus map located on the main page to best understand what is considered TCU property.  

Does the policy apply to visitors to campus? 

Yes. Organizers and attendees at public events, such as conferences, meetings, public lectures, social events, cultural events, campus visits, admissions events or tours and sporting events using University facilities are required to abide by the tobacco-free policy. Event planners are responsible for communicating the policy to attendees. 

Does the policy apply to University-sanctioned events or sporting activities occurring off-campus?  

No. TCU’s policy applies only to University-owned or -leased property or vehicles. Events or activities scheduled elsewhere are bound by the policies or rules of the event coordinator or property manager. 

 Does TCU offer cessation programs?  

Yes. For current TCU students, individual and group tobacco cessation coaching is available through the TCU Substance Use & Recovery Services office. Tobacco replacement products are available through the TCU  pharmacy with physician authorization. Please reference our Cessation Resources page for full details regarding resources to quit for students, staff, and faculty.

For current TCU employees, health coaching and support is available through the Employee Assistance Program at no cost to employees. Additional resources are available through Blue Cross Blue Shield for employees on TCU’s health benefits plan. Additionally, programs offered by the TCU Wellness Center and through Frog Life are open to all employees. 

 How does TCU enforce the policy?  

The expectation is there will be voluntary compliance with the policy. It is the shared responsibility of all members of the campus to respect and abide by this policy.