UK Human Resources

Tobacco-Free Campus

What You Need to Know: 

Did you know since UK’s campus-wide tobacco-free policy took effect in November 2009, sales of nicotine replacement have doubled at the Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy? Employees and students are 4 times more likely to enroll in our tobacco treatment programs now that we are tobacco-free! There are no designated smoking areas on campus but there are many Nicotine Replacement Products available on campus, opportunities to recieve free Nicotine Replacement Products through Health and Wellness' Tobacco Cessation Coaching and other resources to help support those who are quitting.

Tips for Tobacco Users:

  • Know tobacco-free boundaries 
    If you use tobacco on breaks, be sure you go outside the tobacco free boundaries.
  • Nicotine Replacement Products:
    Nicotine Patch
    Available to you at cost (about $20 for 14 generic patches) at the Kentucky Clinic outpatient pharmacy and UK Convenience Stores. The dose of the patch depends on how much you use. Usually the dose is 1 mg. of patch for each cigarette smoked in 1 day (small cigars are about 4‐6 mg for each cigar smoked per day). If you need help calculating a dose to keep you comfortable, ask your pharmacist or call Audrey Darville, ARNP, CTTS at 859‐323‐4222.
    ​​​Nicotine gum
    Small packs can be purchased for around $5 at the Hospital gift shops, Kentucky Clinic pharmacy and the UK Convenience Stores (less than the cost of a pack of cigarettes!). It can be used every 1‐2 hours as needed for cravings.
    *Note: Nicotine Replacement Products are available at:
    • Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy – 740 S. Limestone, J-134 Kentucky Clinic – on the first floor of the Kentucky Clinic facility at the Limestone entrance
    • Blazer Xpress – Located on North Campus next to Blazer Café, on the corner of Martin Luther King and Keeneland Dr.
    • Corner Store – Located on South Campus next to Commons Market in the Kirwan/Blanding Complex
    • Quick Stop – Located in the Student Center just inside the bridge entrance across from Starbucks®
  • Get help in quitting (if interested)
    The single best thing you can do for your health in your life time is to quit smoking, but over 95% of unassisted quit attempts fail. Check out the list of UK Tobacco-free resources available to you, including Health and Wellness' free Tobacco Cessation Coaching.
    *Note: You may be eligible for free Nicotine Replacement Products as a participant in Tobacco Cessation Coaching.


The UK HealthCare Medical Campus, along with other Central Kentucky hospitals, went Tobacco-Free in November 2008. The University of Kentucky Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative became effective Nov. 19, 2009, coinciding with the annual American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. The tobacco-free policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products on campus (cigarettes, chew, pipes, cigars, snuff, etc.) and applies to all areas of the contiguous UK campus in Lexington, indoors and out. UK is among more than 300 United States colleges and universities with tobacco-free policies for the entire campus, indoors and out. Read the full tobacco-free policy.

Read the University's Tobacco-Free FAQ here.

Other Resources

Kentucky Cancer Program

The Kentucky Cancer Program offers classes using Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking.  For more information, please call 1-866-495-9838 or visit the Web site.

Become an Ex

The EX plan teaches you how to re-learn life without cigarettes in 3 steps - all geared to help make the seemingly impossible possible. For more information, visit the Web site.


QuitNet is the world's largest and most comprehensive online quit-smoking service. It offers the tools and support you need to quit and stay quit. Help is what the QuitNet community is all about. Get support from smokers that are quitting and ex-smokers alike. From simple smoking cessation tips, to shared experience of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and other quitting medication - the QuitNet community is designed to help members help each other quit smoking... for good! QuitNet's experienced counselors and practical quit smoking services - including medication advice, email support and a Q & A advice forum - will help you through the nicotine cessation process step by step. Visit the website.


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