Approved by President’s Cabinet 9/23/14
Revisions Adopted by President’s Cabinet 7/26/17
East Georgia State College has a responsibility to its employees, students and visitors to provide a safe and healthy environment. Research findings show that tobacco use in general, including smoking, breathing second hand smoke, and “spit” tobacco, constitute a significant health hazard. In addition to causing a direct health hazard, tobacco use contributes to institutional costs in other ways, including fire damage, cleaning and maintenance costs, and costs associated with absenteeism, health care and medical insurance. Because of the deleterious effects of tobacco use, EGSC has committed to a tobacco and smoke free environment for all persons.
In accordance with the Georgia Smoke Free Air Act of 2005, Title 31 Chapter 12A, this policy reinforces the EGSC commitment to provide a safe and amicable workplace for all employees. The goal of the policy is to preserve and improve the health, comfort and environment of students, employees and any persons occupying our campuses.
The use of all forms of tobacco products on property owned, leased, rented, in the possession of or in any way used by East Georgia State College is prohibited. For the purpose of this policy, tobacco products are defined as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, all forms of smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes and any other smoking devices that use tobacco such as hookahs, or simulate the use of tobacco, such as electronic cigarettes.
Further, this policy prohibits any advertising, sale, or free sampling of tobacco products on EGSC properties unless specifically stated for research purposes. This prohibition includes but is not limited to all areas indoors and outdoors, buildings and parking lots owned, leased, rented or otherwise used by the EGSC or its affiliates. The use of tobacco products is prohibited in all vehicles – private or public vehicles - located on EGSC properties.
This policy applies to all persons who enter the areas described above, including but not limited to students, faculty, staff, contractors and subcontractors, spectators, and visitors. All events hosted by an EGSC entity shall be tobacco and smoke free. All events hosted by outside groups on behalf of the EGSC shall also be tobacco and smoke free. The monitoring and enforcement of the tobacco and smoke free campus policy is the responsibility of all faculty, staff, and students. Each person should consistently and politely bring any infraction of the policy to the attention of the person or persons observed violating the policy. Violation of this policy may result in corrective action under the Student Code of Conduct or campus human resource policies. Visitors refusing to comply may be asked to leave campus.
Signage will be prominently placed on campus as reminder of the policy.
Additional information and smoking cessation programs are available through several sources:
- https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health/care/!ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP3I5NS8kt Qiq8LSzBLd4tz87My8dP1wkMKCosT03ET9yLx83eTE5IxU_YLcXEcALW8aoQ!!/