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Tobacco Free Policy FAQs

What does the MACC tobacco-free policy prohibit?

Why did MACC go tobacco-free?

How will students, employees, visitors and the community know about the Tobacco Free policy?

Isn’t smoking a legal right?

Are you trying to dictate people’s lifestyle choices?

Does the MACC Tobacco Free Campus Policy apply to chewing tobacco and other forms of tobacco?

Are MACC students, employees and visitors to campus prohibited from bringing tobacco products on campus?

Who does the tobacco-free policy apply to?

Are there any designated smoking areas on campus for students, visitors, faculty and staff to use?

Can people smoke or use tobacco in personal vehicles while on campus?

What will MACC do about people leaving the campus or going across the street or into neighboring properties to smoke?

How will the tobacco-free policy be enforced?

What will happen to employees, students and visitors who do not comply with the tobacco-free policy?

What happens if you are caught smoking or chewing tobacco on campus?

Who should I talk to about questions or concerns that I have about the Tobacco-Free Campus Policy?

What campus resources are available for MACC students and employees who wish to stop using tobacco products?

Where can I find general information on a local/national level regarding this topic?

 

What does the MACC tobacco-free policy prohibit?

Moberly Area Community College prohibits the use of all tobacco products on all grounds and parking areas (traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chew, pipes, cigars, hookah or waterpipe smoking, snus, snuff, etc.). Exceptions may be granted for specific auxiliary enterprises, as approved by the President.

No tobacco-related advertising or sponsorship shall be permitted on Moberly Area Community College property, at college-sponsored events or in publications produced by the college, with the exception of advertising in a newspaper or magazine that is not produced by Moberly Area Community College and which is lawfully sold, bought or distributed on campus property. For the purposes of this policy, “tobacco-related” applies to the use of a tobacco brand or corporate name, trademark, logo, symbol or motto, selling message, recognizable pattern of colors or any other indicia of product identification identical to or similar to, or identifiable with, those used for any brand of tobacco products or company which manufactures tobacco products.

Why did MACC go tobacco-free?

MACC is committed to providing its students, faculty, staff and visitors with a healthy, clean and safe environment – in which to work, live and learn.

A tobacco-free campus protects everyone from the health dangers related to secondhand smoke. This is significant in light of the latest U.S. Surgeon General’s report, “The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke,” which concludes that no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke exists.

A tobacco-free campus demonstrates responsible stewardship of our environment by reducing litter, eliminating smoke-filled areas at building entrances and reducing associated fire danger.

A tobacco-free campus also serves as a positive example for others – especially secondary school students and children on our campus. Lastly, a tobacco-free campus supports the public health efforts of our community, state and nation. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Missouri.

How will students, employees, visitors and the community know about the Tobacco Free policy?

Each campus will coordinate MACC efforts for policy notification, education, promotion and support to ensure the successful implementation.

Just a few examples of policy communication and awareness efforts include: door and sidewalk signs; campus-wide e-mail blasts; MACC web-site; policy information announced and distributed during Enrollment; New Student Orientation; New Employee Orientation; and health education and cessation programs provided on each campus by Preferred Family Healthcare.

Isn’t smoking a legal right?

Court rulings maintain that tobacco users do not have the legal right to expose others to secondhand smoke, a Class-A carcinogen, and they are not entitled to protection against discrimination as “addicts” or as “disabled persons.”

Are you trying to dictate people’s lifestyle choices?

MACC is asking people to refrain from tobacco use – for example, adapt their behaviors – while they are on the MACC campus and its properties.

Does the MACC Tobacco Free Campus Policy apply to chewing tobacco and other forms of tobacco?

Yes. The tobacco policy prohibits the use of all forms of tobacco, including: cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff and all other forms of tobacco prepared in such a manner to be suitable for spit tobacco use, smoking, or both. The policy also prohibits the use of simulated tobacco products that imitate or mimic tobacco products, including but not limited to hookah, snus, snuff and electronic cigarettes.

Are MACC students, employees and visitors to campus prohibited from bringing tobacco products on campus?

The policy does not prohibit the possession of tobacco products on campus.

To whom does the tobacco-free policy apply?

The tobacco-free policy applies to everyone on MACC’s campuses (Moberly, Kirksville, Edina, Columbia, Hannibal, Mexico) – including employees, faculty, staff, students, guests, spectators, visitors, volunteers, contractors, subcontractors, vendors and any other individual providing any type of product or service to the College.

Are there any designated smoking areas on campus for students, visitors, faculty and staff to use?

Offering designated smoking areas does not support MACC’s goal of creating a healthy, clean and safe environment for everyone.

In addition, the majority of smokers self-report a strong desire to quit smoking. MACC is working to eliminate the triggers, like designated tobacco use areas that make tobacco cessation difficult.

May people smoke or use tobacco in personal vehicles while on campus?

No. The use of tobacco products is prohibited on campus. This includes use in vehicles parked on MACC’s campus properties and parking lots.

What will MACC do about people leaving the campus or going across the street or into neighboring properties to smoke?

The MACC community asks our students and employees to help maintain a positive relationship with our neighbors, and to respect neighboring properties outside the campus. Tobacco use and smoking off campus does not give anyone permission to litter, loiter or trespass on private or public property. Property owners have the right to enforce their boundaries, including trespass warnings and requesting police action.

How will the tobacco-free policy be enforced?

The success of this policy will depend on the thoughtfulness, consideration and cooperation of tobacco users and non-tobacco users. Faculty, staff and students have a collective responsibility to promote the safety and health of the campus community, and therefore share in the responsibility of enforcement. Individuals observed smoking or using tobacco products are to be reminded in a professional and courteous manner of the college policy. Non-compliance of the tobacco policy will be handled through existing campus processes.

What will happen to employees, students and visitors who do not comply with the tobacco-free policy?

Employees who choose not to cooperate or repeatedly violate college policy will be reported to their supervisor. The supervisor will be responsible for enforcing the work place rules for their staff. If an employee repeatedly violates the tobacco-free policy, MACC will follow standard employee disciplinary procedures for compliance problems.

Students who choose not to cooperate or repeatedly violate college policy may be subject to one or more sanctions, for example: warnings, fines, community service assignments, housing contract cancellations and ultimately temporary or permanent dismissal from the college.

Visitors may be asked by MACC Security or Campus Director to leave premises for failure to comply.

What happens if you are caught smoking or chewing tobacco on campus?

For the first year of the tobacco-free campus policy, MACC Policy emphasizes voluntary compliance and will not cite students/staff for using tobacco products. MACC will enter the second phase of enforcement on August 1, 2013. If students are discovered using tobacco products on campus you may receive a fine/community service obligation.

To whom should I talk about questions or concerns that I have about the Tobacco-Free Campus Policy?

Your opinion and feedback are very important to us and we want to help you understand the policy and answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact Michele McCall, Dean of Student Affairs and Enroll Management at 660-263-4100 ext. 11215.

What campus resources are available for MACC students and employees who wish to stop using tobacco products?

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Student Assistance Program (SAP)
The EAP/SAP is a free and confidential service designed to help students and employees with personal or work/life balance issues. Common issues include: stress management, depression or anxiety, relationship problems, chemical dependency, domestic violence, career frustration, elder care resources, financial concerns, legal assistance, nutrition/health, etc. Call toll free (800) 832-8302 or (314) 845-8302.

Where can I find general information on a local/national level regarding this topic?

www.pfh.org

www.smokefree.gov
www.cdc.gov/tobacco
www.tobaccofreemo.org
www.no-smoke.org
(800) QUIT-NOW