As of January 2, 2014, the University of California is Tobacco-Free. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and unregulated nicotine products are strictly prohibited.

The University of California, Riverside, is committed to providing students, faculty, staff, and visitors with a smoke- and tobacco-free environment. Under the authority of California Government Code 7597.1, smoking and the use of all tobacco products, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e.g., "e-cigarettes") are prohibited anywhere on campus, which includes all interior buildings, outdoor areas, sidewalks, parking lots, and residential housing areas.