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Tobacco-Free Campus Policy

Office of Origin: Human Resources 
Date Adopted: 07-01-92
Date Reviewed: 01-21-14
Last Date Modified & Approved: 10-13-14

 

Policy Statement

Lake Michigan College is committed to providing a safe and healthy work and learning environment for all students, employees, and visitors. It is the policy of the College that smoking and the use of tobacco on all its campuses is prohibited except in personal vehicles and designated exterior smoking areas only.

Definition
Smoking is defined, but not limited to, the act of lighting, smoking or carrying a lighted or smoldering cigar, cigarette or pipe of any kind, and/or “vaping” with e-cigarettes, mechanical personal vaporizers (MPVs), or atomizers. It also includes the use of any product intended to mimic tobacco products, contains tobacco flavoring, or delivers nicotine other than for purposes of cessation.

Smokeless Tobacco
Lake Michigan College prohibits the use of smokeless tobacco products on any of its campuses. This includes chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco (dip), snuff, nasal tobacco (snus) and/or any other variation of smokeless tobacco product.

Electronic and Mechanical Nicotine Delivery Systems and Vaping
Lake Michigan College strictly prohibits the use of e-cigarettes and/or any other type of electronic or mechanical nicotine delivery system. This includes electronic cigarettes, pipes, cigars, and atomizers or mechanical devices such as mechanical personal vaporizers (MPVs) which use mechanical magnetic switches for activation. While the College recognizes that these products do not contain tobacco, their use looks similar to regular tobacco products and therefore gives the appearance of smoking.

Scope
The Tobacco-Free Campus policy applies to any property owned or maintained by the College including inside all buildings (including residential living), exterior open spaces except where designated, indoor facilities, on-campus sidewalks, recreational spaces, vehicles owned or leased by the College, and parking lots except in personal vehicles. This policy applies to all employees, temporary employees, students, clients, visitors (customers and vendors), consultants, independent contractors and/or their employees on College property, and any College-sponsored off-site conferences and meetings.

Theatrical Performances at the Mendel Center:
Smoking as defined above or the use of tobacco products in any form is only permitted on stage as part of a theatrical production.

Cessation
Lake Michigan College is strongly committed to supporting individuals to become tobacco free. Nicotine replacement therapy products (e.g., nicotine patches, gum) for the purpose of cessation are permitted provided they do not give the appearance of smoking. Employees may contact Human Resources for more information on available smoking cessation programs.

Responsibility: Vice President, Administrative Services
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