4000-5-5Smoking and Tobacco Use

Issue Date:
January 01, 2015
Supersedes Date:
May 21, 2009

Upon request, the college will provide a copy of this policy in an alternate format.

Tobacco use, such as smoking and chewing, can cause many illnesses from cardiovascular and respiratory disease to cancer. Non-users can be exposed to environmental tobacco smoke, which can lead to illness and respiratory problems including cancer, pulmonary and cardiovascular disease.

In addition to health problems, smoking and loitering outside the building entrances of the College can lead to health and safety problems. During emergency situations, quick and easy access into the College for emergency personnel and egress from the College for staff and students are required.

Lambton College recognizes tobacco is an addictive substance in all its forms. The College is committed to education and support for those with tobacco addictions and protection from environmental (second-hand) tobacco smoke for all individuals using College facilities.

The purpose of this policy is to

  • Provide protection from environmental (second-hand) tobacco smoke
  • Communicate smoking and tobacco use restrictions

Policy

  1. Lambton College prohibits the use of tobacco products in all buildings or structures and vehicles owned, rented or leased by Lambton College, and at all operations and events (including conferences) conducted or hosted by the College on or off campus, with application to all employees, students, contractors and visitors.
  2. Notwithstanding the above statement, Lambton College recognizes and accepts that some traditional aboriginal events or ceremonies involve the use of smudge sticks or other materials (as provided under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, S.O.1994, c. 10).
  3. Lambton College does not condone and will not permit the promotion, advertising, or sale of any tobacco products or related paraphernalia on College property.  In addition, corporate tobacco sponsorship of College events or groups is prohibited.
  4. The use of tobacco is prohibited at building entrances and exits; on the Students’ Administrative Council (S.A.C.) bar patio; in the South (Main) Building lower cafeteria courtyard; and within 20 metres of the children’s playgrounds on College property, College sports fields, sports surfaces and spectator areas.
  5. Smoking areas will be designated by easily recognizable signage and include tobacco waste receptacles.
  6. Smokers should use the designated smoking areas and the provided waste receptacles.
  7. Designated Smoking Areas will be endorsed by the Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee.
  8. Failure to abide by this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Student Rights and Responsibilities and Discipline Policy or the Employee Discipline Policy and Procedure or the banning of guests or contractors from College premises. Failure to observe the restricted areas around the play areas, playing fields, patio, etc. may result in personal fines enforced by Tobacco Enforcement Officers (Provincial Offences Officers with authority to enforce the Smoke-Free Ontario Act), and disciplinary action through the Student Rights and Responsibilities and Discipline Policy or the Employee Discipline Policy and Procedure.

Definitions

Smoking
defined as inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, or other apparatus used to smoke tobacco or any other materials
Smokeless Tobacco
tobacco that is not smoked but used in another form such as chewing tobacco or snuff

Procedures

  1. College Security will patrol building entrances informing smokers to relocate to the nearest designated smoking area
  2. The “Leave the Pack Behind” team, coordinated through the Wellness Centre, will recognize smokers in Designated Smoking Areas with positive reinforcement incentives.
  3. Designated Smoking Areas will be mapped out on large floor plans located on the walls of the main and lower levels of the South (Main) Building.All Facilities Management / Occupational Health & Safety notice boards on Campus will have maps indicating Designated Smoking Areas. In addition, Designated Smoking Area locations will be posted on the Safety & Security website.
  4. For the first two weeks of each semester notices will be posted on the internal TV monitors informing staff and students of Designated Smoking Areas
  5. Staff, faculty and administration will be sent annual reminders to educate students on the location of Designated Smoking Areas
  6. Campus Tours, Campus Connection, First Day activities, and S.A.C. student planners will include information regarding Designated Smoking Areas

Appendix A

Designated Smoking Area Map (PDF)

For questions or concerns regarding policies, please contact:

Jim Elliott
Director, Quality Assurance & Institutional Research
519-542-7751 x 3489
jim.elliott@lambtoncollege.ca

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