Front Range Community College Boulder County Campus (BCC) recognizes that exposure to smoking and tobacco products present health and safety concerns for all students, employees, and visitors. BCC believes that a tobacco-free environment will help meet a vision of successful students and successful communities. As such, it shall be the directive of BCC that smoking and the use of tobacco products will not be allowed in either indoor or outdoor areas of the campus.
BCC recognizes that tobacco-free environments support those who want to quit tobacco products; reduce exposure to secondhand smoke; and create a safer and healthier learning and working environment. BCC also recognizes that quitting tobacco can be a significant personal challenge and that not everyone will be ready to quit. Therefore, BCC is committed to providing education, information, and resources to individuals who are interested in quitting tobacco.
Smoking and the use of tobacco products shall be prohibited on the BCC and in all BCC buildings. This directive does not apply to public rights-of-way (sidewalks, streets) on the perimeter of the campus. Smoking and use of tobacco products includes the use of smokeless tobacco products as well as smoking which is defined as inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, weed, plant, electronic smoking device or other combustible substance in any manner or in any form, regardless of its composition. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications or devices for tobacco cessation are exempt from this directive. Littering on campus with smoking and tobacco products is prohibited.
This directive applies to all employees, students, visitors, contractors and externally affiliated individuals or companies renting or using campus owned and operated property and grounds.
Individuals observed smoking or using tobacco products on the campus will be informed of this directive and asked to stop. The success of this directive will also depend on the courtesy, respect, and cooperation of users and non-users of tobacco products. BCC asks that all students, staff, and visitors not only comply with the directive, but also encourage others to comply in order to promote a healthy and clean environment in which to work and learn.
Persons in violation of this directive may be subject to the following:
- Students may be referred to the appropriate student conduct office. Violation of this directive is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, #12 (Violation of Law, Directives, and Signage).
- Employees may be referred to their supervisor and/or appointing authority for appropriate action.
- Visitors may be required to leave the campus if they fail to conform to the directive when advised.
Effective Date: August 15, 2016
We heard from staff and students that they prefer smoke-free environments and that prohibiting tobacco use has benefits for the campus community. A tobacco-free campus will reduce secondhand smoke exposure and move smoking away from building entrances and windows. It will help prepare students for smoke and tobacco-free work spaces in Boulder County. It will help provide support those that want to quit. BCC joins over 1,000 smoke or tobacco free campuses nationwide.
E-cigarettes are not a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes. Currently, e-cigarettes are not an FDA approved cessation device and can contain chemicals that can be toxic. It is difficult to determine what is in an e-cigarette and marijuana containing vaporizers can look similar to traditional vaporizers. Any marijuana use on campus is prohibited and against federal law because our school receives federal funding. For the health and safety of everyone who learns, visits and works on our campus, these products were included in our directive and cannot be used on campus.
Provide kind, friendly, and respectful reminders that the campus is tobacco-free.
- “Hi! Did you know BCC is tobacco-free? Use of tobacco is not allowed anywhere on campus. There are maps at the front desk if you have questions about where you can use tobacco, or talk to Campus Security.”