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As of May 29, 2018, Shelton State Community College is smoke-free and tobacco-free. “Smoking” includes inhaling, exhaling, burning, carrying, or possessing any lighted product, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, or any other lit product. “Smoking” also includes the use of electronic cigarettes or similar devices. “Tobacco” includes smokeless tobacco, including, but not limited to, products known as dip, chew, snuff, or nus. All locations of Shelton State
Community College are smoke-free and tobacco-free, including instructional sites, campuses, athletic facilities, grounds, parking lots, and vehicles owned, leased, or rented by the College. All College employees, students, visitors, vendors, and contractors are required to comply with this policy, which will remain in force at all times.

Furthermore, this policy prohibits any smoke and/or tobacco-related advertising or sponsorship from appearing in any publication produced by the College or by any club, team, organization, or association authorized by Shelton State Community College.

 

Enforcement
The monitoring and enforcement of the smoke-free and tobacco-free policy are the responsibility of all Shelton State Community College employees and students. Each member should consistently and politely bring any infraction of this policy to the attention of the person or people observed violating the policy.

Visitors, contractors, and vendors should be reported to the department responsible for their presence on College property. Attempts should be made to remedy policy violations prior to contacting College security. Those individuals informed of the policy will be asked to discontinue the disallowed activity, and any failure by a visitor, contractor, or vendor to discontinue the disallowed activity after being requested to do so will result in the individual being escorted off the College premises by security. Vendors and contractors may be subject to action, up to and including the legal termination of a contract.

 

Disciplinary Actions for Students
Tickets will be issued by security personnel.

First offense: warning and/or reminder of policy and cessation resources available on the Smoke-free and Tobacco-free website

Second offense (and any offense thereafter): $25 fine
Appeals should be submitted via the Citation Appeal Form for review by the Board of Review.

 

Disciplinary Actions for Employees
All Shelton State supervisors must inform subordinate employees of this policy and inform them that failure to comply can be grounds for disciplinary action. Employee infractions should be reported to the employee’s supervisor, department head, or the Office of Human Resources. Supervisors will utilize progressive discipline, beginning with a reminder of the policy and an
offer of assistance with smoking or tobacco cessation resources.

First offense: warning and/or reminder of policy and cessation resources available on the Smoke-free and Tobacco-free website

Second offense (and any offense thereafter): $25 fine

Third offense: Initiation of progressive discipline

 

 

  • To many, smoking is a “social justice” issue. Read more about it here.

 

 

 

  • An extensive list of cessation resources is available at CDC.

“Smoke Free Tuscaloosa is a campaign to educate Tuscaloosa citizens on the harmful effects of secondhand smoke exposure and the benefits of smoke free policies in work places and public places. Our coalition seeks to promote tobacco free work-places and public places through prevention, education, cessation services, advocacy for public policy and broad based community service.”

For more information, contact Fayetta Royal at the Alabama Department of Public Health at Fayetta.Royal@adph.state.al.us.

  • Truth Initiative is a non-profit organization whose focus is ending tobacco usage. Their website offers invaluable information on tobacco, tobacco products, and tobacco-related effects,  statistics, articles, and research findings.  
    https://truthinitiative.org/

 

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services began the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative to promote and support the adoption and implementation of tobacco-free policies in higher education institutions. Their site offers a list of smoke-free campuses, information on national tobacco-related campaigns, and key resources for schools and individuals.
    www.tobaccofreecampus.org

 

  • Smokefree.gov is a website aimed at helping individuals stop smoking and/or remain smoke-free. It helps with both immediate and long-term needs of those who seek to quit.
    www.smokefree.gov

 

  • Since 1995, Quitnet has been involved in helping people quit smoking. The site and its social-media extensions offer a community for peer support with experts ready to assist as well.
    www.quitnet.com

 

  • The American Lung Association offers Freedom From Smoking® Plus that provides updated information and activities, including a peer community, that offers support to those trying to quit smoking.
    www.ffsonline.org

 

  • The American Cancer Society’s website provides a wealth of information on healthy living, research programs, cancer treatment and support, and ways to get involved with ACS campaigns.
    www.cancer.org

 

  • The National Cancer Institute provides information on the types of cancer, current research, and notes on risks, prevention, and diagnosis.
    www.cancer.gov/