Keene State College Tobacco Policy
Keene State College is committed to the promotion of wellness in all of its dimensions that are known to enhance student and employee success. Keene State College joins with the American College Health Association (ACHA) in supporting the findings of the Surgeon General that tobacco use in any form, active and passive, is a significant health hazard. Keene State College further recognizes that environmental tobacco smoke has been classified as a Class A carcinogen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In light of these health risks, Keene State College hereby adopts a tobacco policy that addresses prevention, reduction and cessation actions as they pertain to tobacco/smoking issues.
We recognize that the implementation of a tobacco policy (which is inclusive of smokeless tobacco) will have an immediate effect on tobacco users at Keene State College and have included prevention, education and cessation initiatives to support the non-use of tobacco products.
Keene State College has a responsibility to its employees and students to provide a safe and healthful environment. Research findings show that tobacco use in general, including smoking and breathing secondhand smoke, constitutes a significant health hazard. In addition to causing direct health hazards, smoking contributes to institutional costs in other ways, including fire damage, cleaning and maintenance costs, and costs associated with employee absenteeism, health care, and medical insurance.
In order to protect the health, safety and comfort of Keene State College students, faculty and other academic appointees, staff, and visitors, and consistent with state law (RSA 155:64-77), it is the policy of Keene State College to restrict smoking and other tobacco use in facilities and on grounds owned and occupied or leased by Keene State College. Where the needs of smokers and non-smokers conflict, smoke-free air shall have priority. In addition, Keene State College supports education programs to provide tobacco cessation and prevention initiatives to our students, faculty and other academic appointees and staff. This policy supersedes all other tobacco policies at Keene State College.
- The KSC tobacco policy shall be included in the new employee and student orientation program, in the KSC Student Rights and Rules, in admissions application materials and other campus documents where appropriate.
- KSC encourages employees and students not to use tobacco by offering educational initiatives, prevention information, and providing referrals, upon request, to tobacco cessation classes offered through health care providers, non-profit organizations, or other community groups.
- KSC Center for Health and Wellness, will offer other prevention and education initiatives that support non-use and address the risks of tobacco and tobacco smoke.
- Tobacco-Free Areas
- Inside all buildings owned and occupied or leased and occupied by KSC including the College Camp on Wilson Pond.
- KSC vehicles.
- Outdoor Areas:
- Entrances and outside stairways to buildings and outdoor passageways to entrances and stairways. *
- Courtyards or other areas where air circulation may be impeded by architectural, landscaping or other barriers.
- Outdoor entry or service lines; such as for ticket purchases, event admissions, bus stops, ATMs, etc.
- Outdoor seating areas provided by food services.
- Areas that are reserved for events that do not have fixed seating but for which interests of nonsmokers need to be protected. (e.g., outdoor concerts, college receptions, and “tobacco-free zones” by posting signage at appropriate locations or providing proper advanced notification.)
- Sales and Marketing
- Advertisement of all tobacco products or their use shall be prohibited in all Keene State College publications and on all KSC owned, occupied or leased properties.
- Any free sampling of tobacco products on campus shall be prohibited.
- This policy relies on the consideration and cooperation of tobacco users and non-users. All members of the KSC community are expected to observe this policy and are encouraged to ask any individuals who are using tobacco in an unauthorized area to stop.
- Faculty and staff who are not in compliance with this policy are accountable to their supervisors. Violations of policy will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with appropriate personnel policies and/or union contracts.
- Students who are not in compliance with this policy are accountable for their behavior in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Process administered by the Office of Mediation and Dispute Resolution.
* Smoking will be prohibited within twenty-five feet of any building and/or an air intake unit to reflect the change approved last August.
- The President, Provost, Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors and Department Heads shall:
- Assure that this policy is communicated to everyone within their areas of responsibility; inclusive of “3rd party guest” - visitors, contractors, visiting athletic teams, vendors etc.
- Assure that rooms, facilities, or other areas under their jurisdiction are controlled as “tobacco-free” areas as appropriate.
- Resolve complaints and problems arising in their areas of responsibility.
Approved by President’s Cabinet
August 14, 2012
This policy supersedes all previous smoking/tobacco policies approved prior to August 14, 2012.