Kingsborough Community College’s Tobacco-Free Advisory Policy
Kingsborough Community College is responsible for providing a safe and healthy campus environment for its faculty, staff, students and visitors. Studies have indicated that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (second hand smoke) is a significant health risk for non-smokers. Starting September 4, 2012, the College will no longer permit use of tobacco products on its campus. This new policy will comply with the New York State Public Health Law, CUNY’s Board of Trustees Resolution adopted on September 29, 1995(which became effective as a University-wide tobacco policy on January 1, 1995) and with CUNY’s expanded tobacco policy approved on January 24, 2011 and effective on September 4, 2012. This applies to all faculty, staff, students, vendors, contractors and visitors to the College.
Currently, tobacco use is prohibited within any building or other enclosed facilities on campus, including vehicles operated by the University, and is only allowed at least 25 feet from building entrances on campus. Beginning on the September 4, 2012 implementation date of the Tobacco Free Policy, the use of tobacco is prohibited on all grounds and facilities under CUNY jurisdiction. This includes outdoor locations such as playing fields; entrances and exits to the buildings, and parking lots; tobacco industry promotions, on campus advertizing, marketing, and distribution of marketing materials on campus properties, and tobacco industry sponsorship of athletic events and athletes. This policy covers the entire campus at Kingsborough Community College. Tobacco use includes, but is not limited to, any cigarette, e-cigarette, cigar, pipe, bidi, clove cigarette, or any other smoking product: and smokeless or spit tobacco, also known as dip and chew, in any form.
In connection with implementation of this policy, Kingsborough Community College will foster educational programming, distribute policy notifications, and encourage participation in smoking cessation programs on campus.
The College encourages the cooperation of both smokers and non-smokers in the implementation of this policy. All members of the College Community will be requested to remind individuals, including visitors, to adhere to this policy. If necessary, any member of the campus community may bring instances of noncompliance to the attention of the Office of Public Safety, the Office of Human Resources, or the Office of the Dean of Students, as appropriate.