Smoke and Tobacco Free

UCSF is a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus, providing a tobacco-free environment for its faculty, staff, students, patients, and visitors. All UCSF employees are required to be tobacco-free while at work, during any scheduled work shift (including all breaks) whether on or off campus.

Free cessation resources are available for UCSF faculty, staff and students. Learn more in this flyer, and see below.

Please watch this short 3-minute video about the importance of UCSF’s Tobacco Free at Work policy.

Sept. 3 Tobacco Policy from UCSF Living Well on Vimeo.

This video is geared toward manager and addresses the importance of UCSF’s Tobacco Free at Work policy.  This video specifically touches on education and enforcement.

Sep. 3 Tobacco Policy (Manager) from UCSF Living Well on Vimeo.

Free Cessation Resources

Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy
UCSF provides free nicotine replacement therapy to UCSF faculty, staff and students.  Free nicotine replacement gum is available at UCSF’s occupational health clinics. Please bring your UCSF ID badge.This program is designed to help current tobacco users quit or curb their urge to use tobacco during their work shifts.

Drop in hours:
Mt. Zion: 7:30am-4pm (MWThF), 9am-4pm (Tu)
Mission Bay: 7:30am-4pm (MWThF), 12pm-3:45pm (Tu)
Parnassus: 7:30am-3:30pm (MWF), Closed Tuesdays and Thursdays
NOTE: all locations are closed between 12-1pm.
For additional information about UCSF’s Occupational Health Services hours and locations please visit their website.

UCSF Fontana Tobacco Treatment Center
The UCSF Fontana Tobacco Treatment Center is staffed by nurses and pharmacists who are specially trained in treating tobacco dependence. The Center provides group programs available to those who wish to quit smoking. Enrollment can be made over the phone (415-885-7895) or visit

The center’s services include:
Stop Smoking Class — This class is designed to help people stop smoking. Suzanne Harris, a registered nurse, certified tobacco treatment specialist and former smoker, leads an interactive course focusing on smoking and health, addiction, strategies for quitting and motivation.
Relapse Prevention Program — This class is for graduates of the Stop Smoking Class, even those who aren’t yet smoke-free, and provides extra support to help people become and stay smoke-free.

All classes are located in conference rooms at the Medical Center’s Mount Zion campus. No referrals are required to make an appointment or enroll in a class.

Wellness & Community will provide reimbursement for the program (if employee’s health insurance does not cover):
• A 4-week Cessation Program (value of $55)
• Relapse Prevention visits, up to 10 visits (value of $50)
• Medication assistance, such as nicotine patch, gum, Chantix, etc. (up to $75 with receipts)

Optum Quit for Life Phone and Web-Based Program
The Quit For Life® Smoking Cessation Program is brought to you by the American Cancer Society® and Optum and is provided completely free of charge to all UCSF faculty, staff, and students.

When you join the Quit For Life Program, you will create a quitting plan that is designed to meet your individual needs and provide you with as much help as you need, when you need it. You’ll have access to an online learning and social support community, a printed workbook, nicotine replacement therapy, and toll-free access to dedicated Quit Coaches who are always ready to offer you expert support.

The Quit For Life Program will teach you the techniques and provide the tools needed to be ready, both physically and emotionally, to quit using tobacco for life.

Call 1-866-QUIT-4-LIFE (866-784-8454) today or visit:
to enroll or find more information.

The Quit For Life® Program is brought to the member by the American Cancer Society® and Optum. The two organizations have 35 years of combined experience in tobacco cessation coaching and have helped more than 1 million tobacco users. Together they will help millions more make a plan to quit, realizing the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives and create a world with more birthdays.

Smoking Cessation Classes at ZSFG
To see when the next class is scheduled, please visit the San Francisco Tobacco Free Project website.

UCSF Health Plan Smoking Cessation Resources
All UC-sponsored non-Medicare medical plans provide prescription and over-the-counter tobacco cessation products at no additional cost when prescribed by a physician, along with optional behavioral modification programs to help you quit smoking.  Learn what your UC-sponsored health plan offers here.

California Smokers’ Helpline
Available to all Californians, the California Smokers’ Helpline provides phone counseling, text messaging support, online resources, and for some populations, free nicotine patches. Call 1-800-NO BUTTS.

Smoke/Tobacco Free Policies

Smoke-Free Workplace
To ensure a healthy environment for all, UCSF is and has been a smoke-free campus since 2008. Smoking is prohibited on University-owned or leased property and in buildings, vehicles and moving equipment. This policy applies to all members of the campus community, including faculty, staff, students, patients, and visitors, at all UCSF sites.

Tobacco-Free at Work
UCSF’s “Tobacco Free at Work” policy requires all faculty, staff, students, vendors and contractors of UCSF to be completely tobacco free while at work or on scheduled class time. Use of tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) is prohibited by employees during any scheduled work shift, including breaks that occur on or outside of UCSF Campus and Medical Center locations. This UCSF policy provides a tobacco-free environment for the preservation and protection of the health of our faculty, staff, students, patients, and visitors.

Manager Resources

If you are a supervisor/manager and need assistance with addressing policy compliance, the Office of the President UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy overview website contains additional resources including:
Supervisor Talking Points (pdf)
FAQs (pdf)
Sample Communications (pdf)

For additional assistance, consult with Labor and Employee Relations.

Patient and Provider Materials

The following resources may be useful for providers providing information on cessation resources to patients:

E-Cigarette Provider Materials (download)

Pharmacologic Product Guide: FDA-Approved Medications for Smoking Cessation (pdf)