As of August 20, 2016, SCC is a Smoke-Tobacco-Vape Free campus.
The use of smokeless tobacco products, e-cigarettes, water pipes, and unregulated nicotine products are strictly prohibited.
The change has been made to ensure the health and well-being of everyone on campus.
For those who wish to quit, there are several avenues to quitting available.
Are people that smoke, vape or use tobacco being singled out?
No. The rules on smoking and tobacco/vape use are for the health and well-being of everyone across all SCC campuses, particularly non-smokers who do not wish to be subjected to the health hazard presented by tobacco/vape use.
What if I don’t want to quit smoking/using tobacco?
These rules do not prevent you from smoking/vaping in general. They only apply to smoking, vaping and other tobacco use by individuals while on any SCC campus or property.
Why are e-cigarettes included in the policy?
The FDA does not consider e-cigarettes to be a safe nicotine delivery system or smoking cessation strategy. Their use is prohibited on all SCC campuses and property.
Are all the SCC campuses going smoke/tobacco and vape free or just the main campus?
The environmental standard will apply across all SCC campuses and properties.
Why not continue designated smoking areas?
SCC has had designated smoking areas since August 2014. This did help decrease the amount of second hand smoke on campus and the amount of cigarette litter. However, the designated smoking areas created concentrations of second hand smoke that could not be contained. So in order to protect individuals who do not wish to be subjected to second-hand smoke and the potential health risks associated with it, a campus-wide standard has been put in place.
Isn’t this about personal choice? Is the college infringing on my rights?
There is no moral judgment here. The college is not asking you to stop smoking, vaping or using tobacco in total, only that you abide by the new Environmental Standard while on SCC property and not subject others to the potentially harmful substances found in tobacco products, including second-hand smoke.
Isn’t this the same as banning alcohol, fattening foods or sugary drinks?
They are bad for you as well. There are many things in life that are unhealthy, but second-hand tobacco smoke has been shown to cause harm to individuals who are not users.