Smoke, Tobacco and Vape Free FAQ

In a letter, dated December 8, 2015 then President Kathryn Jeffery’s announced to all students, staff, faculty and the public that SCC is ready to create a smoke free, tobacco free, and vape free environment on all SCC campuses.


This Environmental Standard (ES) applies to all members of the SCC community including students, faculty, staff, volunteers, contractors, visitors, and anyone entering onto SCC properties. It is applicable twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.


The ES covers the use of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco, as well as electronic smoking devices and any unregulated nicotine product.


SCC is smoke/tobacco/vape free as of August 20, 2016. As of July 1, 2015, there were 1,577 smoke-free college campuses in the U.S., of which 1,077 were fully tobacco free. A rapidly growing number (710) now also prohibit the use of electronic smoking devices anywhere on campus.


All tobacco and vape producing products are prohibited anywhere on all SCC properties, including parking lots.


Enforcement will primarily be educational. The success of this ES relies on the respectfulness, consideration, and cooperation of both tobacco users and non-tobacco users. All members of the SCC community share the responsibility of adhering to and enforcing the ES, and have the responsibility for bringing it to the attention of students, faculty, staff, visitors and guests.

If you see a person smoking, vaping or using other tobacco products:
S – Smile
M – Make the assumption that the person is
unaware of the change
O – Offer information about the requirements
of the new standard
K – Kindly remind them that the standard
includes all smoking, vaping and other
tobacco products
E – Enforce the new standard by asking them
to refrain from smoking, vaping or using
other tobacco products on campus


SCC is committed to providing a healthy, productive, and safe environment for students, staff, faculty, guests, and visitors. SCC is taking a proactive role in addressing the impact of smoking and tobacco use.

The scientific evidence on the health risks associated with tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke are now well documented. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S.

More FAQ

What is considered a tobacco product and is therefore prohibited by the ES?

Cigarettes, cigars, snuff, snus, water pipes, pipes, hookahs, chew, and any other noncombustible tobacco product as well as all smoking devices (e.g., e-cigarettes, vaping devices, e-hookahs), and the use of unregulated nicotine products not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating nicotine or tobacco dependence are prohibited.

Why are e-cigarettes included in this ES?

The FDA does not consider electronic smoking devices to be a safe nicotine delivery system or smoking cessation strategy. However, other forms of approved nicotine replacement therapy such as gum and patches are allowed.

Why is smokeless tobacco included in this ES?

Smokeless tobacco spit is considered a biohazard and contains carcinogenic chemicals, creating hazardous waste and byproducts. Smokeless tobacco products contain more nicotine than a cigarette. Smokeless tobacco still uses the same tobacco manufacturing methods that cause deforestation, soil erosion, and poverty.

What should managers/supervisors do if one of their employees violates the ES?

Supervisors are encouraged to remind the person about the ES. It is important to communicate the resources that are available on campus for smoking cessation assistance.

What resources are available for those who want to quit?

People who want to quit are encouraged to call the free California Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS. Additional resources and ‘Quit Kits’ are available through SCC Health Services.

If I choose to continue to smoke or use tobacco and do not have enough time to step off campus to smoke what am I supposed to do?

A nicotine replacement product such as gum or a lozenge may be used for times that are inconvenient to smoke. Please consult your healthcare provider.

Don’t I have a right to smoke or use tobacco products on campus?

Using tobacco or vaping devices is a personal choice, not a constitutional right. Prohibiting smoking and the use of tobacco products on campus preserves everyone’s right to breathe clean, smoke-free air. In addition, “smokers” are not a category protected under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.

What Can I do to Help?

  • Respectfully inform others about the ES
  • Politely ask violators to extinguish their cigarettes, etc. or discontinue their tobacco use.
  • Communicate the ES to visitors and event attendees who may be unaware of the ES.