NCCC TOBACCO-FREE POLICY- draft policy effective July 2019

Smoking and tobacco use are prohibited in all facilities and areas of the Northwestern Connecticut Community College campus with no exception. This includes, but is not limited to, all indoor and outdoor areas and properties. Indoor areas and properties include, but are not limited to: all common areas, classrooms, elevators, hallways, college-owned or-leased vehicles, garages, restrooms, dining areas, employee lounges, conference and meeting rooms, and all other enclosed areas on the campus. Outdoor areas include, but are not limited to: sidewalks, parking lots, grounds, courtyards, entrance and exit ways, and any other areas of the campus. This policy applies to any individual on campus property, including but not limited to: students, faculty, staff, other employees, contractors, subcontractors, volunteers, visitors and members of the public, and is applicable twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.

For purposes of this policy, “college campus” or “campus” includes those lands located, occupied or controlled by Northwestern Connecticut Community College.

For purposes of this policy, “smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning, carrying, or possessing any lighted tobacco product, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and any other lit tobacco products. For the purpose of this policy, “tobacco use” means the personal use of any above, as well as the use of an electronic cigarette or any other device intended to simulate smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco, including snuff; chewing tobacco; smokeless pouches; and other form of loose-leaf, smokeless tobacco; and the use of unlit cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah and any other device using smoke and vapor.

ENFORCEMENT

The responsibility for the enforcement and communication of this policy rests with all members of the college community. This policy applies equally to students, employees and visitors. Those who violate the policy may be subject to disciplinary action or may be in violation of state law.