Smoke Free Frequently Asked Questions

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Smoke Free Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly does the new smoking policy do?

The new smoking policy prohibits smoking on property owned and or controlled by Chemeketa Community College. This includes inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying of any lighted smoking material - including cigarettes, cigars or pipes. The policy does not prohibit FDA approved nicotine-replacement therapy products for the purpose of cessation.

Who is affected by the new smoking policy?

The smoking policy applies to everyone on or in Chemeketa property. This includes people on sidewalks, parking lots, landscaped areas, recreational areas, in buildings or vehicles on Chemeketa property, in vehicles owned, rented or leased by Chemeketa and at events on Chemeketa premises.

Are there any designated smoking areas for employees, visitors and students?

No, there are no designated smoking areas at Chemeketa.

Isn't it my right to smoke?

The simple answer is yes, but Chemeketa has a responsibility to ensure a healthy environment for students, employees, and visitors.

Is smoking in my car okay since that is personal property?

No, smoking in your car is prohibited if your car is parked on Chemeketa property. Chemeketa expects all employees, students and visitors to refrain from smoking until they leave Chemeketa property.

When will the new policy go into effect?

As it is currently drafted, the policy will go into effect on January 1, 2011.

How will the the policy be enforced?

Ultimately it is everyone's responsibility to follow Chemeketa policy while on Chemeketa property. We ask that everyone remind each other that we are a smoke-free college. In addition to verbal reminders, failure to comply with the smoking free policy could result in a citation.

Will there be resources available to help employees who want to quit smoking?

Yes. Employees and dependents may be able to access cessation services through their benefits or the employee assistance program. Additional information can be found under "Resources." Additionally we encourage those interested in quitting smoking to contact the Quit Line: 1.800.QUIT.NOW.