FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. When will the tobacco-free policy take
A. No use of tobacco products will be allowed
on campus as of Aug. 1, 2014. Areas on campus where tobacco use is allowed
will be restricted leading up to this date.
Q. What college properties will be covered by
A. Our main campus, the Paul Smith’s College
VIC, the Saranac Lake residence hall, and athletics field are included,
among other properties.
Q. What cessation products and programs will be
A. The college’s health insurance plans cover
prescription medications to help users quit. Paul Smith’s will provide
additional quitting aids as well. Information on nicotine patches, gum and
similar products will be made available, and support groups to help
tobacco users quit will be formed.
If you are carrying your own health insurance
plan, ask what kinds of resources are available to you.
Q. What consequences will be faced by people
who violate the policy?
A. Students will be issued a warning for their
first offense. As with other on-campus violations, subsequent offenses
will be handled through the student judicial system. Potential penalties
include fines and/or community service, although these details are still
For others, including faculty, staff, and
visitors, warnings will be distributed upon first offense. Subsequent
offenses will result in penalties including fines, termination or removal
Q. How will the use of chew and similar tobacco
products be enforced in residence halls?
A. Evidence of tobacco use in dorms will
result in sanctions. (Possession of tobacco products is not covered under
our new policy – just use.) Enforcement procedures will be the same as
Q. Will visitors to campus be expected to
follow this policy?
A. All campus visitors – families,
contractors, spectators to sporting events, and others – will be required
to abide by this policy, which will be posted clearly on campus.
Enforcement procedures will be the same as listed above.
Q. I don’t want to quit using tobacco – what
will you do when I go off-campus to smoke or chew?
A. We’re hoping that you might take this
opportunity to stop using tobacco. If you don’t want to, though, you are
welcome to use tobacco anywhere that it is legally permissible.
Q. I’m just going to go into the woods on
campus and smoke. Won’t that make a huge mess and pose a danger to animals
A. As mentioned above, tobacco use will not be
permitted anywhere on campus once this policy takes effect. If
you violate this policy, you will be subject to sanctions. We would expect
that you would treat tobacco use in the wilderness anywhere the same: That
you would use your own common sense and good judgment in cleaning up after
yourself, leaving no trace of your actions.
Q. If tobacco use isn’t bothering other
individuals, why is it banned? How does chewing tobacco affect others?
A. There is no safe level of tobacco use. Paul
Smith’s College is devoted to the education and well-being of all of its
students, faculty, staff and employees. Providing a tobacco-free
environment is a step toward this goal.