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Reminder: UT Smoking Policy Prohibits Use of E-cigarettes

To protect the health and safety of University students, employees, and visitors; to promote a healthy and safe work, educational, and living environment; and to comply with the Tennessee Non-Smoker Protection Act and other applicable state laws, the University prohibits smoking in, and near all entrances to, all University buildings.

Policy SA0900 — Smoking

The UT policy on smoking prohibits the inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted cigar, cigarette (including an electronic cigarette), pipe, or other lighted tobacco product, in any manner or in any form, in any building owned or operated by the university as well as any vehicle owned, leased, or operated by the university.

Additionally, e-cigarettes should be removed (as they are often worn around the neck) and securely stored prior to entry into any laboratory where hazardous agents (biological, chemical or radiological) are in use. Failure to do so invites unnecessary exposures to hazardous materials via mucous membranes, ingestion, and/or inhalation, and could result in serious illness. All labs handling hazardous materials should incorporate this guidance into their SOPs.

Additional policies may be found on the University of Tennessee Policy page.