Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Policy

Proud to be smoke-free, for your health; UW Hospital and Clinics, UW Health Clinics and American Family Children's Hospital
As a leader in health care, the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, UW Health at The American Center, the American Family Children's Hospital and all UW Health clinic locations are committed to creating a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus for all UW Health employees, medical staff, students, volunteers, patients and visitors - both inside and outside of our facilities.
Smoking and second-hand smoke is widely recognized as the single most important cause of preventable human disease, including lung cancer, heart disease and emphysema. UW Health and the UW health sciences schools have a responsibility to implement a policy that promotes a healthy environment for all patients, visitors, employees, students and medical trainees.
A smoke-free and tobacco-free campus will provide a healthier environment for employees, visitors and patients, and will underscore our commitment to support the health of our employees, patients and community. Learn more about our smoke-free and tobacco-free policy through the links below.
'Breathe Easier' During Your Next Visit
The smoke-free and tobacco-free zone now includes:
  • UW Hospitals and Clinics, including UW Health at The American Center
  • All UW Health clinics
  • American Family Children's Hospital
  • UW Carbone Cancer Center
  • All UW health science campus areas, including the UW Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Nursing and Pharmacy, as well as the Waisman Center
  • All UW Medical Foundation and UW Hospital and Clinics administrative locations

Learn more about our smoke-free and tobacco-free policy, smoking cessation resources and where to obtain nicotine replacement products (e.g., lozenges, gum and patches) at our facilities:

Smoking Cessation Resources and Information


The American Heart Association says that the link between secondhand smoke (also called environmental tobacco smoke) and disease is well known, and the connection to cardiovascular-related disability and death is also clear.


Each year, about 37,000 to 40,000 people die from heart and blood vessel disease caused by other people's smoke. Of these, about 35,000 nonsmokers die from coronary heart disease, which includes heart attack.


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