UC System's ban on smoking and e-cigarettes begins

Starting January 1, 2014, smoking will be banned at all UC campuses. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Starting Wednesday, students, employees and visitors to University of California campuses will no longer be allowed to smoke, chew tobacco or use e-cigarettes on school property. Even parking lots will be smoke-free zones.

The new ban comes two years after former UC President Mark Yudof first announced the plan. He gave the system's 10 campuses 24 months to form a committee and implement the policy.

UC medical centers had already banned tobacco use for years.

The new rules apply to all indoor or outdoor UC facilities, regardless of whether they are leased or owned. The sale and advertisement of tobacco products is also prohibited. 

University officials have compiled a list of resources for those trying to stop smoking.

Each campus has also provided its own resource page laying out the new rules.