Tobacco-Free Products PolicyEffective Date: August 1, 2013
PURPOSE AND SCOPE
To establish a uniform application of rules regarding the use of tobacco products while on University property and to comply with all appropriate state and federal regulations pertaining to this issue.
This policy shall apply to all employees and students of the University; individuals who may be conducting business on University property; individuals engaged in contracted services for the University; and all visitors on University property.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University recognizes the need to ensure an educational and work environment that is reasonably free from various health hazards. It is well established that the use of tobacco products is attributable to certain forms of health problems. In keeping with our core value of making our environment safer for everyone, the university will implement a comprehensive tobacco-free policy for all of our campus locations effective Aug. 1, 2013.
This policy prohibits the use of any tobacco product whether in the form of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, dipping/snuff, smokeless cigarettes or chewing tobacco.
It is the policy of the University that tobacco products will not be allowed anywhere on University owned or leased property (including buildings, parking lots, personal vehicles, etc). Additionally, tobacco products are prohibited in all University vehicles including vans, trucks, buses and all University aircraft.
Any University employee or student who violates this policy shall be reminded that the use of tobacco products is not permitted anywhere on campus. Any employee or student who continues to violate or disregard this policy is subject to appropriate disciplinary actions.
Any individual conducting business with the University, or engaged in contracted services, or any visitor to the University who violates this policy, shall be reminded that use of tobacco products prohibited on campus. Continued violations or disregard for this policy shall result in the individual being required to leave University property.
We understand that this policy may be difficult for smokers, and we have no intention of forcing anyone to quit. We simply ask everyone to refrain from smoking or using tobacco substances on campus for their own health and the health of others.
We also realize that overcoming a dependence on tobacco can be extremely challenging. Therefore, the University will provide information and access to a variety of cessation programs and a wide range of supportive systems to help our students, faculty and staff transition to a healthier lifestyle. Contact Health Services for information regarding these programs.
Achieving effective implementation of this policy depends on the civility, cooperation and patience of all members of the university community. We all share the responsibility of creating a courteous atmosphere of self-enforcement. It is critical that our faculty and staff abide by the policy and serve as a role model for our students and visitors.
For more information please visit the Tobacco Free Website