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Answers to Tobacco Free and Smoke Free Campus Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why should Vassar College become a tobacco free and smoke free campus?

Vassar is a community of more than 3500 people, and as such the College believes it has a responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment. Research shows that tobacco use in general constitutes a significant health hazard and that secondhand smoke endangers the health of nonsmokers.
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When does the tobacco free and smoke free policy go into effect?

Vassar College will be a tobacco free and smoke free campus as of July 1, 2015.

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To whom does the smoke free and tobacco free policy apply?

The policy applies to anyone who is on the Vassar College campus, including faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors, volunteers, and visitors.
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Does the smoke free and tobacco free campus apply to smokeless tobacco products?

Yes, it applies to all tobacco and smoking products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, snuff, chewing tobacco, and non-FDA-approved nicotine delivery services such as e-cigarettes.
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Isn’t this a violation of individual and civil rights?

No. New York state law already requires Vassar College to provide a smoke-free environment inside buildings. Vassar College is permitted and has elected to go above the minimum requirement.
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What resources are available to help those who would like to quit using tobacco?

There are and will be a number of on and off campus resources available for community members seeking to quit using tobacco; they are listed on the Tobacco Free and Smoke Free webpage. They include free information and resources offered by the state and county, as well as cessation classes Vassar College will be offering.
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How is the policy being communicated to campus constituents and visitors?

Most of our communication will be through Vassar College’s official or general announcements. Supplemental signage and posters may be distributed, and other information may be posted online.
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How is the policy being enforced?

The success of this policy depends upon the thoughtfulness, respect, and cooperation of everyone. All faculty members, staff members, and students share the responsibility of following and enforcing the policy. In particular, each supervisor is responsible for ensuring his or her team members are educated about and comply with this policy. Any issues should be referred to the appropriate supervisor.
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What should I do if I see someone smoking or using another type of tobacco product in a non-designated area?

Ideally, you will be comfortable reminding the person about the policy. If you prefer, you may contact your supervisor, the person’s supervisor, residence life or security.
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Do I have to quit smoking or stop using tobacco to live/work/study at Vassar?

The tobacco free and smoke free policy is not requiring tobacco users to quit but is more about maintaining a healthy environment and eliminating exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke.
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What other colleges and universities are tobacco-free?

More than 1,100 other colleges and universities prohibit the use of tobacco on their campuses. A list is available at no-smoke.org
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