Cuesta College is committed to fostering a culture of health & well-being on our campus. To ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors, we encourage you to respect and apply our policies.
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Why did we choose to go tobacco free?

History Behind the New Policy:

Beginning January 1, 2019, Cuesta College officially became a smoke and tobacco-free District.

“Tobacco use – of all types – is bad for the user, those around them, and our environment; banning smoking at Cuesta College aligns with the college’s goal to promote the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff,” said Cuesta College Nutrition Instructor and task force member Cherie Moore.

The process to become tobacco-free began in 2016 when Cuesta College was awarded a $7,500 Tobacco-Free Campus Grant funded by Truth Initiative®, America’s largest non-profit health organization dedicated to eliminating the use of tobacco. The Tobacco-Free Task Force – comprised of faculty, staff, and students – was launched and began researching and discussing best practices and potential policies.

“After talking to our students, staff and faculty, we developed a policy that will restrict smoking any sort of tobacco product on all District property and locations where the District provides services,” said Moore. “The official policy was approved by the college’s Board of Trustees in December of 2017, allowing us to transform the college into a healthier learning and working environment for all who step foot onto campus.”

Cuesta was awarded an A+ for the College and University Smoke/Tobacco-Free Report Card by CYAN and COUGH. The purpose of the Report is to reveal tobacco use policy trends on campuses in California. Read more about it here.

COUGH students and CYAN staff did an extensive policy review of all 147 public college and university policies in April and May 2020. Policies officially adopted by May 15, 2020, were
reviewed for this Report. If a college/university adopted a policy but the policy has not been
implemented, the officially adopted policy is what was reviewed and scored. 

Decreasing Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

 Quitting vaping can help lower stress and anxiety

Protecting Workers Not Protected by State Law

  • More than 90 percent of Californians approve of a law to protect workers from secondhand smoke exposure in the workplace. Yet people who work on campus are still unprotected from secondhand smoke throughout the day.

Eliminating Tobacco Litter on Campus

Changing Tobacco Use Behavior

take 5 minutes to sit and breathe

  Encouraging Students Not to Start Smoking

Vaping Myths & Realities


Quitting smoking can help lower stress and anxiety


Free Help Quitting:


California smokers helpline

The California Smokers’ Helpline is a FREE toll-free service available to anyone in the State of California. The Helpline provides FREE telephone counseling in 5 languages and TTY/TDD, and helps individuals create a personalized quit plan.


Make Online Referrals to the Helpline and Helpline staff will follow up with patients.


The DoD (Department of Defense) has an interactive website for service members looking for more information about quitting tobacco: UCanQuit2. The website offers a live chat line with a tobacco cessation coach, a message board, information about medications, games and quizzes.