In order to provide a healthy working and learning environment, QCC’s Board of Trustees voted to institute a SMOKEFREE campus policy beginning Fall Semester 2013. The student-driven initiative was established to create a campus culture of wellness and promote a tobacco-free future. QCC will now join the hundreds of other colleges and universities that have already made SMOKEFREE a reality!
“The health and safety of the QCC community is extremely important. We want to ensure that students can be successful in every aspect of their lives. I’m delighted to announce that QCC will be SMOKEFREE on September 3, and we look forward to offering programs and tools to help those who are affected make a smooth and healthy transition.
— President Gail Carberry
Smoking is prohibited everywhere on the QCC campus, (including all satellite locations) indoors and on the grounds, except in private vehicles.
Tools to Quit
To help make the transition as easy as possible, the college will offer tools and resources for students, faculty and staff affected by the policy. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 70 percent of adult smokers want to quit and 40 percent try to quit every year. QCC is committed to helping you achieve this goal.
Tools to help you quit successfully may include:
- Smoking cessation classes
- Nicotine cessation products
More information on the specific tools and scheduling for cessation classes and counseling will be forthcoming. Please keep an eye out for more information.
Q.Why is QCC going SMOKEFREE?
A. Scientific evidence proves smoking is hazardous to both active smokers and non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke. QCC cares about you and your health and is committed to providing a safe, healthy, accessible and pleasant environment in which students, faculty and staff may work and learn.
Q. Will there be designated smoking areas on campus?
A. No. As of September 3, QCC will be entirely SMOKEFREE which means that smoking is prohibited everywhere inside and outside the QCC campus -- buildings, walkways, patios, playing fields, wooded areas, lawns and parking lots.
Q. Where can I smoke?
A. If necessary, you may smoke in your own car, providing the smoke stays in the vehicle where it is a health threat only to you and your passengers.
Q. How will the new policy be enforced?
A. QCC will take a community approach to educating and notifying students, faculty and staff about the new policy. This approach will be supportive, rather than confrontational. Any disciplinary measures will be reserved for repeat infractions or infractions that interfere with the college's academic needs or responsibilities, consistent with applicable collective bargaining agreement procedures and the Student Code of Conduct.