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Employees asked to represent MUSC in a positive manner

The smoking policy, which went into effect March 1, 2012, has since extended into a non-smoking zone area around the MUSC campus.

According to MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., MUSC has taken a leadership role when it comes to addressing the need for a non-smoking zone because of the significant negative impact of tobacco use on society.

“We have a strong stance against tobacco use, and there have been numerous success stories regarding the establishment of this zone,” he said.

Smoking on campus

Unfortunately there has been a downside to this new zone.

“Some MUSC employees, visitors and vendors have moved beyond the zone boundaries into the adjacent neighborhoods, and they are leaving large amounts of cigarette butts and other litter behind,” Greenberg said. “To be good neighbors, and to continue to ‘walk the talk’ when it comes to our stance on smoking, the university and the medical center have revised the Tobacco Free Campus Policy.”

As an MUSC, Medical University Hospital Authority employee:

  • Remember MUSC standards of behavior, and littering is a sign of disrespect. Respect is one of the core values and as such, littering won’t be tolerated.
  • Paid breaks are considered work time and are a privilege. Non-paid breaks, or meal periods, are given to all employees. Any employee who abuses breaks may be denied future breaks and subject to counseling and disciplinary action.
  • Employees are representatives of MUSC, and any employee who leaves the medical district to smoke and litters or otherwise represents MUSC in an unacceptable manner may be subject to disciplinary action.

MUSC has several resources to help employees and staff stop smoking. Free smoking cessation programs are still available. Visit

For more information or to read the revised university policy in full, visit

To read the revised medical center policy, visit

July 10, 2013

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