Monday, October 21, 2013

A Big Change in the Smoking Policy on Campus

Smoking on campus at Vol State will be much more limited after the New Year. The College is instituting a new smoking policy that will restrict smoking, and the use of other tobacco products, and tobacco-like products, to parking lots 50 feet from buildings. Students are just starting to react the news. Thus far it appears to be a mostly positive response with, needless to say, some who are not happy with the news. Here is the actual policy:

Effective January 1, 2014, Volunteer State Community College is a Tobacco-Free Campus, with smoking and all other tobacco/tobacco-like products usage permitted only in parking lot areas 50 feet from all buildings. Receptacles will be provided in parking lots to assist with proper litter disposal. Disposal of tobacco waste, i.e., cigarette butts, chewing tobacco, herbal chew products, etc., in any device other than a waste receptacle will result in a littering citation. This policy applies to all college buildings and grounds and any buildings owned, leased or rented by Volunteer State Community College. Tobacco use is also prohibited in all state vehicles. This tobacco-free policy is in effect 24 hours a day year-round and applies to all forms of tobacco products including, but not limited to, cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff, herbal chew products, as well as smokeless electronic cigarettes and other similar devices.

VSCC promotes a healthy, sanitary environment free from tobacco smoke and tobacco-related debris. The VSCC community acknowledges that long-term health hazards may exist for people who use tobacco products or who are subjected to second-hand smoke. The failure to address the use of tobacco products on campus constitutes a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Act and Tennessee law.

It is the responsibility of all members of the VSCC community to comply with this Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus Policy. Violations of the policy will be dealt with in a manner that is consistent with campus procedures. There shall be no reprisals against anyone reporting violations of this policy.

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