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IS-2536 Smoking on Campus (Policy)

IS - 2536 Smoking on Campus

Administration

Release Date: 3/17/08

Policy

Administrative Directive

Introduction

Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) has a vital interest in maintaining a healthy and safe environment for its students, faculty, staff and visitors while respecting individual choice. Consistent with these concerns and the requirements of the Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act, the following administrative directive has been established to restrict smoking of tobacco, or any other weed or plant, and provide procedures for accommodating the preferences of both smokers and nonsmokers.

Smoking of tobacco products is prohibited in all buildings (exceptions below) owned or leased by the College as well as within 25 feet of entrance or exit, vehicles, and during some organized outdoor events on College property.

1. Smoke Free Areas

Smoking is prohibited in or at:

  • all enclosed buildings and facilities including classrooms, offices, food service venues, lavatories;
  • a reasonable distance of not less than 25 feet of building entrances and exits and fresh air intake grills; it must be ensured that persons entering or leaving the building or facility shall not be subjected to breathing tobacco smoke and to ensure that tobacco smoke does not enter the building or facility through entrances, windows or any other means;
  • partially or fully enclosed walkways, corridors, elevators;
  • vehicles owned, leased or rented by the College;
  • within 50 feet of any area where flammable materials are handled or stored, or where other significant fire hazard may exist; and
  • indoor college-sponsored or designated events.

No Smoking signs or the international no smoking symbol will be posted at major entrances of all buildings.

2. Smoking Permitted Areas

Smoking is permitted outdoors on College property except during organized events which have been designated as "No Smoking." Individuals choosing to smoke outdoors must be 25 feet from doorways, open windows, enclosed walkways, and ventilation systems to prevent smoke from entering enclosed buildings and facilities, and to prevent public access from being denied to an individual with a respiratory medical condition. It must be ensured that persons entering or leaving the building or facility shall not be subjected to breathing tobacco smoke and to ensure that tobacco smoke does not enter the building or facility through entrances, windows or any other means.

3. Education and Services for Smokers

In light of numerous adverse health effects associated with active smoking, and with exposure to secondhand smoke, the college will provide educational services regarding the hazards of smoking and information and services on quitting smoking. Those interested may contact the CNM Student Health Center for information and programs on quitting smoking.

4. Cooperation and Compliance

This administrative directive relies on the mutual courtesy and cooperation of smokers and nonsmokers for its success. It is the responsibility of all members of the CNM community to observe the provisions of this administrative directive on smoking. Complaints or concerns or disputes regarding its implementation should be referred to the immediate supervisor for resolution. In the case of non-compliance by students, faculty members or the Dean of Students may assist in resolution.

Managers, Department Heads, and Faculty members are responsible for seeing that persons in their areas are informed and comply with this smoking administrative directive. Students, faculty, and staff violating this administrative directive are subject to disciplinary action. In cases where necessary, the Security Department may be contacted to assist in the resolution of non-compliance.

5. Disposal of Tobacco Waste

Anyone who chooses to smoke or use smokeless tobacco on campus must discard the waste in an appropriate manner.

 



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Support Materials

Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act, New Mexico State Statue, 24-16-1

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