CLEAR the AIR
Effective May 20, 2019, Athens State University will be a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus.
We are committed to providing a safe and healthy learning and working environment for students, employees, and visitors. The new “Smoking and Tobacco Use on University Property” policy aims to promote an environment that encourages health and well-being by prohibiting the use of tobacco and any smoke-related products on University property, which includes facilities, properties, grounds, and any University-owned or leased vehicles. With this decision, Athens State joins over 2,000 colleges and universities around the country who have implemented a tobacco-free policy campus-wide.
Please note that this policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, visitors, and contractors. Organizers and attendees at public events, such as conferences, meetings, public lectures, social events, cultural events, and athletic events using University-owned/controlled facilities, grounds, and properties are required to adhere to this policy.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Why did Athens State decide to implement this policy?
The health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is one of the highest priorities for Athens State University. This decision was made in light of findings by the U.S. Surgeon General that exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke and use of tobacco products are significant health hazards.
- What is considered a tobacco product and is therefore prohibited from the policy?
According to the policy, tobacco products include all forms of tobacco and smoke-related products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff, water pipes (hookahs), bidis, kreteks, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and other devices used for the ingestion, combustion, inhalation of vapors, or other use of tobacco.
- Why are e-cigarettes included in the smoke- and tobacco-free policy?
E-cigarettes are considered a form of smoking, and the ingredients in the product are designed to help curb nicotine addiction. Medical science has not yet determined the extent of potential negative consequences that result from inhaling or breathing in the vapors that are released. These devices are essentially included in this policy because e-cigarettes emit a vapor that other individuals breathe in without choosing to do so.
- Is there anywhere I can smoke or use tobacco?
Neither smoking nor the use of tobacco products are permitted within the boundaries of the University-owned properties. Once outside the boundaries of University-owned properties, smoking and the use of tobacco products is subject to local jurisdiction.
- Can I smoke or use tobacco in my personal vehicle?
While we cannot prohibit you from smoking or using tobacco in your private, personal vehicle, we request that you abide by the policy and not do so while on University property or grounds. However, smoking and the use of tobacco products is prohibited in any University-owned or leased vehicles.
- What resources are available to help me stop using tobacco products?
For help kicking the habit, please visit SmokeFree.gov or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).