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Tobacco-Free Campus Policy

Policy Author:
Employee Engagement

Responsible Office – Department:
Employee Engagement

Effective Date of Policy:

Purpose. As an employer and institution of higher learning, Daemen College is committed to providing a healthy and safe work and educational environment. Out of respect for employees, students, visitors and the surrounding community, Daemen College will maintain a 100% tobacco-free environment to be in full force and effect on September 6, 2016.

Rationale. Daemen College acknowledges and supports the overwhelming scientific evidence that the use of tobacco and tobacco-related products, including exposure to secondhand smoke, poses a significant health hazard.  In recognition of these risks, and in support of a healthy learning/work environment, the use of tobacco products is prohibited on College property.

Applicability. This policy applies to all members of the Daemen College community, including but not limited to, faculty, staff and administrators, students, volunteers, consultants, supplemental staff employed through contract agencies, vendors, guests and visitors.

Definitions.  For the purposes of this policy, the following definitions shall apply:

Tobacco products: all tobacco and tobacco-derived products intended for human consumption, including but not limited to cigarettes, pipes, cigars, cigarillos, kreteks, bidis, water pipes, bongs, hookahs, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and related products.

College property: all buildings, facilities and grounds of the Daemen College Main Street campus; satellite facilities owned and/or leased by the College, including Daemen House and the Academic & Wellness Center; and vehicles owned and/or leased by the College.

Responsibility. Successful implementation of this policy relies on the courtesy, respect and cooperation of all members of the Daemen College community.  Members of the campus community are empowered and encouraged to respectfully inform others about the policy in an ongoing effort to enhance awareness and develop a culture of voluntary compliance.  Adherence  to  the  tobacco-free  policy  is  the  responsibility of  all employees, students, contractors and visitors and should not be allowed to result in the displacement of tobacco use onto neighboring properties.

Reinforcement, Support & Education. The principal purpose of this policy is to positively impact the health of the College’s employees and students.  To this end, Daemen College is committed to providing opportunities for individuals to address their tobacco usage.  Employees are encouraged to contact the Employee Engagement Department for additional support and referral to cessation resources.  Similarly, students are encouraged to contact the office of Health and Insurance Services for assistance.

Compliance. Recognizing the addictive nature of tobacco use, policy non-compliance will first prompt referral to the appropriate office, as noted above, for support and assistance with cessation.  Repeated non-compliance will result in referral to the associated employee or student conduct system and may result in disciplinary action.

Updated on June 29, 2021

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