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Student Health Services at Moffitt Health Center

Tobacco Policy FAQs


To help with a consistent delivery of information, a short list of questions have been compiled. If you have a question that is not listed below, please submit your question to tobaccofreeFREEMississippi.  

MSU, University of Mississippi, Mississippi College, Alcorn State University, Belhaven University, Mississippi College, Coahoma Community College, Hinds Community College

Delta State University, MS University for Women, MS Valley State University, Blue Mountain College, Pearl River Community College, MGCCC, Itawamba Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Southwest Mississippi Community College, East Central Community College, East Mississippi Community College, Jones County Junior College, MS Delta Community College 

No. Receptacles and signage have been removed.

There will be no formal sanctions for this policy. The success of this policy depends upon the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of tobacco and non-tobacco users. Policy reminder cards are available at the clinic. If a person feels comfortable passing them out while on campus, he/she is welcome to pick some up.

The policy does not address personal vehicles. However, we ask that you be mindful of the policy and considerate of others nearby while on USM property.

While tobacco is a legal product for adults, it is considered a personal freedom and not a legal right. Personal freedoms are often limited to improve health. For example, alcohol is a legal product, but open container laws supersede personal freedom to improve public safety.

Second, court rulings maintain that tobacco users do not have the legal right to expose others to secondhand smoke, which is a known Class A carcinogen. There is no “right” to smoke under any federal, state or local law.

The Surgeon General has found there is no safe level of secondhand smoke. Therefore, any exposure poses a health risk.

Yes. All patrons to campus, including those in attendance for athletic events, conferences, visit days, etc., are expected to adhere to the policy.

Nicotine replacement options are available and are an alternative to using tobacco while on campus. If able, schedule time in between classes or on lunch breaks to leave campus before using tobacco products.

E-cigarettes and vaporizers are nicotine delivery devices just like cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. There is currently limited research into the short-term and long-term effects of these products on others.

The FDA has stated the following: 

  • E-cigarettes are not a medical or cessation device and are nicotine delivery systems.
  • They can contain tobacco and other drugs that are prohibited. These items also contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals. 

If you feel comfortable doing so, you can remind the individual in a respectful way of the tobacco policy we have on campus. Policy reminder cards are available at the clinic for those who would rather avoid talking to the individual, but would still like to remind others of the policy.

No. Other schools enforcing similar policies have not experienced declines in enrollment.

No. The university is simply asking individuals to refrain from use while on campus. If a person has the desire to quit, resources are available but quitting is not mandatory.

No. Other schools enforcing similar policies have not experienced declines in enrollment. 

Moffitt Health Center is dedicated to helping those desiring to quit using tobacco. For any faculty or staff member or student who comes to the clinic for the sole purpose of tobacco cessation, we will not charge for that visit - (the visit must address tobacco cessation only).

Prescription medications and NRT are available at our pharmacy. (Those on the Gulf Park campus will have access to our providers but will have to use a local pharmacy for prescriptions.) We cannot guarantee insurance will cover the cost of these medications. There may be insurance specific rules/policies that impact the coverage of certain medications.

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Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

*Pharmacy opens at 9 a.m. Monday - Friday*

Semester Breaks and Summer

Clinic and Pharmacy
Monday - Friday
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