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General FAQ

What resources are available to help me stop using tobacco products?

The new policy is an important campus health and safety initiative. Anyone can access cessation support services by calling 1-800-NO-BUTTS.  Additional assistance to UC Merced students who wish to overcome addiction to tobacco products is available through:

Student Health Services
H. Rajender Reddy Health Center
(209) 228-2273
UC Merced faculty and staff can access cessation support services through:
Human Resources
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Why is smokeless tobacco included in this policy?

Smokeless tobacco spit is considered a biohazard and contains at least 24 carcinogenic chemicals.

Spit tobacco often creates unwanted hazardous waste and byproducts, which campus maintenance staff members then have to dispose of.

A dip of smokeless tobacco typically contains 3-5 times more nicotine than a cigarette. Research shows that smokers have difficulty switching from cigarettes to smokeless tobacco. Instead, many become dual users of both cigarettes and smokeless products – increasing the addiction.


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