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JCC Policy

 Jamestown Community College's tobacco-free policy:

Rationale

As a leader in health and wellness, Jamestown Community College understands that health is as important as education. Jamestown Community College is dedicated to providing a safe, healthy, comfortable, and productive living and learning environment for the entire campus community. Among the Jamestown Community College campus priorities are to become a national leader in the promotion of the physical, emotional, cultural and social well-being of all community members and to provide outstanding opportunities and support for healthy living.

Jamestown Community College recognizes the overwhelming scientific evidence assembled by the U.S. Surgeon General, Centers for Disease Control, Environmental Protection Agency, and World Health Organization, which demonstrates that tobacco is a profound agent of deadly diseases, responsible for millions of deaths worldwide each year, both to tobacco users and non-users. Recognizing the hazards of smoking, Jamestown Community College restricted smoking to certain designated areas on campus. Additional studies have since indicated that exposure to second-hand smoke is a significant risk for everyone. All forms of tobacco are now known to be harmful and highly addictive. Jamestown Community College cares deeply about the health of all its members and as an employer and an institution of higher education, the College is committed to providing a safe working, living and educational environment. Tobacco use is inconsistent with the Campus culture of wellness.

Some of the reasons for Jamestown Community College’s commitment to becoming tobacco-free include to:

  • Support the Jamestown Community College campus priority of wellness o Preserve respect for others and the environment o Reduce the health hazards posed by exposure to second-hand smoke on campus
  • Prepare students for increasingly tobacco-free workplaces o Help prevent desecration of the campus environment by tobacco litter o Eliminate designated smoking areas that can limit smoke-free access for people with disabilities
  • Lessen the likelihood that students attending Jamestown Community College will be targeted by any marketing, promotion, or distribution of tobacco products on campus
  • Discourage students from adopting or continuing to use of any form of tobacco while attending Jamestown Community College
  • Curtail the known difficulties posed by policies with designated smoking areas o Be a leader among community colleges in public health policy and wellness promotion
  • Complement campus sustainability efforts
  • Create opportunities for institutional development
  • Decrease tobacco use through social-norming
  • Recognize that, as stated by the CDC, smokeless tobacco can lead to nicotine addiction and adolescent users are more likely to become smokers
  • Address the usage of smokeless tobacco at Jamestown Community College

Definitions

For the purposes of this document, the following definitions apply:

“Tobacco” is defined as all tobacco and tobacco-derived products intended for human consumption, including, but not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, hookah-smoked products, clove cigarettes, bidis, kreteks, electronic cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and snus. This definition does not include any product that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for sale as a tobacco use cessation product.

“College” is defined as Jamestown Community College.

“College Property” is defined as any property owned, leased, or operated by Jamestown Community College.

“Tobacco Company” is defined as a company that produces and/or markets branded tobacco products, including any subsidiaries, but not including parent companies which engage in business activities that are not in any way related to tobacco.

“Direct tobacco company holdings” are defined as corporate stock holdings directly owned by the College, not including stock holdings that may be owned through mutual funds or other indirect investments.

Key Policy Components

Smoke Free and Tobacco Free Grounds

Tobacco use is prohibited everywhere within the perimeter on all Jamestown Community College property, both indoors and outdoors, as well as in College-owned vehicles and in any vehicle on Jamestown Community College property. Tobacco use is prohibited at all College-sponsored, off-campus events.

Advertising, Promotions, & Sales

Tobacco sales are prohibited anywhere on the Jamestown Community College campus. The College will not accept advertising, marketing, distribution, or promotion of tobacco products.

Sponsorships, Gifts, Funding

All grants and gifts to Jamestown Community College and all solicitations and proposals for such funds must have the approval of the College and must conform to the College's Mission Statement, culture of wellness, college policies and applicable laws and regulations. In addition Jamestown Community College will not invest in any direct tobacco company holdings.

Cessation

Understanding the addictive nature of tobacco use and that breaking that addiction is extremely difficult for many people, the College will make every reasonable effort to assist those employees and students who wish to stop using tobacco. The campus will promote and provide evidence-based cessation resources. Faculty, staff and students can access cessation treatment through the Health Centers and can then be referred to an outside organization if needed. Employees can also access support through the Employee Assistance Program and current health insurance provider.

Compliance

This policy is driven by respect for others and the environment and relies on the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of tobacco users and non-users for its success. Enforcement of this policy will depend on the cooperation of all members of the Jamestown Community College campus community, both to comply and encourage others to do so. It is the responsibility of all members in the College community to observe this tobacco policy.

Jamestown Community College will inform members of the campus community about the tobacco policy by widely disseminating information about the policy on a regular basis. The tobacco policy will be clearly posted in employee and student handbooks, on the campus website, and as part of other publications.

The policy will be shared with parents, alumni, and visitors through media, campus announcements, the website, and other means. Key components of the policy will be posted on signage around campus (e.g. Tobacco use is not allowed on campus grounds). Public announcements and signs will address the policy at events on campus.

Policy non-compliance will prompt an initial educational response which will include information regarding the existence of the policy, the rationale for the policy, and the availability of tobacco cessation support services both on and off campus. Repeated non-compliance will be referred to the appropriate campus student conduct or employee supervisory system for resolution. Employees and students will be treated respectfully in the consistent observance of the policy.

Positive Reinforcement

As the primary purpose of this policy is to improve the health of employees and students, the college is committed to providing opportunities for persons to address their use of tobacco. The college prefers not to revert to negative means of enforcement and trusts that persons will comply voluntarily. To this end, the college will offer smoking cessation programs, provide educational materials, and generally seek to influence compliance in a positive manner. The College Health Center is available to all persons interested in seeking ways to address their use of tobacco.

Policy Review

Jamestown Community College will maintain a broad-based Tobacco Policy Sub-Committee under the advisement of the Health, Safety, and Security Committee to identify and address needs and concerns related to this policy, implementation, compliance, enforcement, and cessation. The Tobacco Policy Sub-Committee will review this policy on a regular basis to ensure that it is sustained, effective, and up to date. The provisions of this policy shall be subject to future review and revision to ensure that its objectives are attained and that Jamestown Community College is in compliance with federal and state law. Policy Effective Date Recognizing that success will depend upon adequate preparation, a transition time in excess of one year is being allowed, so that Jamestown Community College will become a 100% tobacco-free campus on August 2014.