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Taking Our Own Best Advice: A Tobacco-Free NIH

Tobacco-Free NIH

July 31, 2013

Update: NIH Tobacco-Free Policy 'Taking Our Own Advice'

The NIH Tobacco-Free Policy went into effect on October 1, 2008. This Policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, etc.) while on the NIH Bethesda campus. This includes the use of these products while in a personal vehicle located on the campus. It is the responsibility of every employee, contractor, guest and visitor to follow this Policy.*

Recently, my office has received numerous complaints that tobacco use on the campus is continuing. Witnesses have noticed individuals smoking, and there is a large number of cigarette butts and debris around loading docks and various entrances near Building 10. To address this, surveillance and monitoring will begin to help identify individuals found to be using a tobacco product. Employees in violation of the Policy will be reported to their supervisor and are subject to administrative action. Contractors will be reported to their supervisor at their contracting organization for appropriate action. Managers and supervisors are responsible for assuring that their employees abide by the Tobacco-Free Policy.
The NIH encourages and supports employees who would like assistance in eliminating their dependence on tobacco products. All NIH employees, including contractors, have access to the following resources, which provides support with attempts to become and remain tobacco free:

  • -- the information and professional assistance on this site can help you prepare to quit, assist during quitting, and remain a nonsmoker.   
  • Smokefree Women -- this site specifically focuses on helping women to quit smoking.   
  • National Network of Quit Lines -- provides live telephone support and resources and is available at 1-800-QUIT-NOW, TTY 1-800-332-8615.

NIH federal employees also have access to:

  • The NIH and the Federal Occupational Health (FOH) provide free tobacco cessation treatment services. Interested federal employees should complete the enrollment form located at:   
  • Federal employee insurance plans are required to offer tobacco cessation benefits, which include medications and counseling sessions. Contact your health insurance company for details.

The NIH is the Nation’s steward in medical research. To protect everyone who works or visits the NIH Bethesda campus, it is imperative that we work together to keep the NIH tobacco free by "Taking Our Own Advice."

Alfred C. Johnson, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Research Services

* The NIH will continue to honor current Collective Bargaining Agreements (Union) containing provisions that address smoking and tobacco use, and will implement this Policy consistent with the Agreements and its obligations under law, rule or regulation.

This page last reviewed on August 23, 2013

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