Tobacco-Free JCC

Tobacco free campus

As part of our commitment to healthy lifestyles, respect, and well-being, Jamestown Community College became tobacco-free on August 1, 2014.

After a thoughtful decision-making process among members of the JCC community and based on well-documented evidence that the use of tobacco products and secondhand smoke pose significant health risks, JCC prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products on all campus-owned grounds, including parking lots and residence halls.

We’re pleased to join the movement across the nation for college and university campuses to move toward being tobacco-free, as supported by the New York state commissioner of health and State University of New York chancellor.


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


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.


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.


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.

Quitting tobacco products is a great choice for your health; however, it can also be very difficult. Visit our health center to talk with a registered nurse and discuss the best way to become tobacco free.

You can also check out some online resources and talk to your healthcare provider.

Tobacco education and cessation resources:

Other resources examining data and trends include:

Resources may also be available through your healthcare provider or by contacting healthcare facilities in southwestern New York, including:

  • Brooks Memorial Hospital (Dunkirk, NY) - 716.366.1111
  • Lake Shore Health Care Center (Irving, NY) - 716.951.7000
  • Olean General Hospital (Olean, NY) - 716.373.2600
  • UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital (Jamestown, NY) - 716.487.0141
  • Westfield Memorial Hospital (Westfield, NY) - 716.326.4921

What is included in the tobacco free policy?

JCC prohibits all forms of tobacco products. “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 and electronic cigarettes, bidis, kreteks, 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.

Who does the policy apply to?

The tobacco-free policy applies to all college staff, faculty, students, visitors, and vendors and is driven by respect for others and the environment.

Will there be designated smoking areas on campus?

No. The use of tobacco is prohibited on all college grounds.

What about athletic games, concerts, or other events?

All events occurring on college property are covered by the tobacco-free policy.

Does this apply to residence halls?

Yes, the policy applies to all areas of the college, including residence halls.

Isn't this a violation of my civil rights?

No, a tobacco-free policy is not a violation of an individual's civil rights. There is no state or federal law that provides a "right" to smoke or use tobacco. In addition, the college has the authority to govern and regulate the use of its facilities and properties.

Don’t I have a right to smoke on campus?

No. There is no “right” to use tobacco under either state or federal law. Additionally, court rulings maintain that smokers 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.”

Isn’t it my right to use tobacco?

Tobacco use is a legal product for adults. However, the college owns campus property and can establish policies that protect the health of all college members. A tobacco-free policy does not prohibit tobacco use; the policy merely establishes where use can occur.

You say the reason for the policy is respect for others but you aren't respecting smokers. How is that right?

JCC aims to balance the rights of the person using tobacco with the rights of the person who doesn't want to be exposed to the effects of tobacco use. We have carefully considered the issues, including the impact on health and our environment. Our objective is to have policies that create the best work and learning environment possible. Tobacco use desecrates the environment and harms people. It is completely consistent with our mission to eliminate tobacco use from our property, but we will do so with respect for everyone, including tobacco users.

Faculty, staff, and students are required to comply with college policies. It is our hope that all who use tobacco would comply with the policy out of respect for others and the environment. In voluntarily complying, faculty, staff, and students help Jamestown Community College be a welcoming community for the thousands of students and visitors we serve each year. By eliminating tobacco use from our property, JCC is sending a powerful message about the harm tobacco use causes for people and the environment!

It is up to everyone to help spread awareness and make this policy successful. If you encounter someone using tobacco products on college property, you might find the tips in the following acronym helpful when approaching that person.

S:  "Smile" and introduce yourself.
M: "Make" the assumption that the person doesn't know the policy.
O:  "Offer" resources for tobacco cessation.
K:  "Kindly" remind the person of the tobacco-free policy.
E:  "Enforce" the policy: ask the person to stop using the tobacco on campus.

Making sure the same language is being used with faculty, staff, students, vendors, and visitors about the policy ensures a firm, polite, and compassionate message. 

How will the tobacco-free policy be enforced?

Compliance is the shared responsibility of the entire college and relies on the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of tobacco users and non-users for its success. Jamestown Community College will inform members of the college community about the tobacco-free policy by widely disseminating information about the policy on a regular basis. 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. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors will be treated respectfully in the consistent observance of the policy.

How will our "smoking" visitors be treated regarding the policy?

All who come onto Jamestown Community College property will be informed of the tobacco policy and thanked for their cooperation. Jamestown Community College members will be provided information on how to talk about the policy in positive ways that are respectful of others.

Will the policy be enforced inside personal vehicles on campus?

We discourage smoking inside personal vehicles for reasons of personal health. Evidence suggests a much higher incidence of health problems resulting from prolonged smoking inside confined spaces.

The college tobacco-free policy does not permit the use of tobacco on college property, including inside personal vehicles parked on college property. It will be the vehicle owner's responsibility to leave the college property.

Who is responsible for enforcing the policy and what are the consequences of violating the policy?

Efforts will be made to ensure that faculty, staff, students, and visitors are aware of the policy. Responsibility for complying with the policy rests first and foremost with the individual.

What should I do if I see someone using tobacco on campus?

The policy will best be enforced by everyone taking an active role in informing people that a tobacco-free policy is in effect. A large majority of Jamestown Community College students, staff, and faculty support a tobacco-free environment, so it is appropriate for you to speak up.

Members of the college community who see individuals using tobacco on college grounds are asked to inform these individuals politely that college policy prohibits tobacco use anywhere on campus grounds. Faculty and staff who do not feel comfortable approaching someone violating the policy should contact their immediate supervisor or department head. Students should contact the student development office, human resources office, or health center. We expect all members of the JCC community to treat each other with dignity and respect, support each other, and embrace a spirit of having a healthy and respectful living, learning, and working environment.

If you notice an area where people are consistently violating the policy, you can report this to the human resources office at 716.338.1035. 

How should I respond if someone gets angry or aggressive?

Do not continue to speak to anyone who becomes angry or confrontational. Simply walk away.

What should I say to someone I see violating the policy?

If you see someone violating the policy, pre-printed handout cards are available for distribution. The cards offer additional information on the policy and are available in the human resources office or the health center. 

The following are suggested ways you can address someone you see violating the policy. These scripts are intended to help Jamestown Community College community members become more comfortable discussing the tobacco-free environment policy with other staff, students, faculty, and visitors in a respectful and supportive manner.

Key points to remember:

Be empathetic. The three to five minutes you spend with a person struggling with their need for tobacco could help their craving dissipate.
Use common sense in every situation.
Remember that the encounter should be supportive, not punitive.
Share information about the college policy in a non-judgmental way.
The policy is designed to create a healthier environment for everyone who comes to JCC.
Always focus on the behavior/object, not the person. For example, it is the secondhand smoke exposure, not the smoker. It is the litter, not the smoker.
No one is telling or expecting an individual to quit tobacco. The college is just asking those who use tobacco to be respectful when using tobacco products by refraining from using tobacco while on college property.
Addressing this issue will only be effective if everyone addresses instances of tobacco use on college property.
The tobacco-free policy is no more or no less important than any other policy on campus- address it as would any other policy violation.

Try to stick to the suggested script: this will allow for greater consistency and help to reduce escalation of the situation.

Example Script #1:

Situation: You see a person using tobacco products on college property.

Response: "Hello, my name is _______, and I am an (employee, student) here at Jamestown Community College. Are you aware that we are now a tobacco-free campus, meaning that tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes, are prohibited on our grounds? Please respect our policy to not use tobacco products while visiting our campus. We have free resources on campus to help you quit tobacco if you are ready. Visit the website for more information. I appreciate your help in keeping our campus tobacco-free."

Example Script #1b:

"JCC is a tobacco-free environment, we appreciate your support in following this policy." and/ or hand them the same statement which is available on a pre-printed card (cards are available through the human resources office or health center).  Also state, "Please don't forget to use the ash dispensers located around the perimeter of college grounds to ensure all waste is disposed of properly." Direct them to the nearest ash dispenser if necessary. Say ''thank you" and leave.

If the person refuses to discard their tobacco, you may ask for identification according to college policy and report them to the student development office, their supervisor, or the human resources office.  If it is a community member who becomes hostile, walk away and contact the human resources office at 716.338.1035.

Example Script #2:

Question: "Where am I allowed to smoke?"    

Response: "JCC became a tobacco-free campus on August 1, 2014. This is a new policy, meant to promote better health in our students, faculty and staff. If you need to smoke or use tobacco products you will need to leave college property. If you are interested in quitting smoking you can call the NY State Smokers' Quitline.”

 Example Script #3:

For vendors and visitors: "I'd like to let you know in advance that all of JCC’s college property is tobacco-free. Use of tobacco products will not be permitted on any property, grounds, or parking areas. Thank you for respecting our policy."