COOS BAY, OR –Southwestern Oregon Community College will be enacting a new Tobacco Use Policy on July 1, 2012.
Southwestern Oregon Community College is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its employees, students and visitors. In light of findings of the U.S. Surgeon General that exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke and use of tobacco products are significant health hazards, it is the intent of the College’s Board of Education to establish a restricted tobacco-use environment on campus. Consequently, a new Tobacco Use Policy states that except in designated smoking areas, the use or carrying of any lighted smoking instrument in College buildings or on College premises, at events on College premises, or in College-owned, rented or leased vehicles is prohibited. The distribution and/or sale of tobacco including any smoking device, is prohibited. For the purpose of this policy, “tobacco” is defined to include any lighted or unlighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, bidi, clove cigarette, and any other smoking product; as well as smokeless or spit tobacco, also known as dip, chew, snuff or snus, in any form.
All College employees, students, visitors and contractors are required to comply with this new policy, which shall remain in force at all times.
The College has prepared as necessary to implement this policy, including provisions for shelter at the designated smoking areas, notification, signage, complaint procedures and enforcement. Procedures are being developed to offer and promote prevention and education initiatives that encourage non-use and address the risks of all forms of tobacco use. Procedures are also being developed to offer programs and services that include practical evidence-based approaches to end tobacco use for students and employees who want to quit. This policy will take effect July 1, 2012.