Tobacco Free Policy FAQs

As an institute of higher education, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine is committed to providing a healthy working and learning environment for all students, staff, faculty and visitors we welcome to our campus.

The Q & A below is intended to help explain the details of the Saint Joseph’s College (SJC) tobacco-free campus policy.

Q:    When does the tobacco-free-campus policy go into effect?
A:    The tobacco-free policy shall be effective August 19, 2013.

Q:    To whom does the tobacco-free policy apply?
A:    The policy applies to anyone who is on the Saint Joseph’s College campus, including students, staff, faculty, contractors, vendors, volunteers and visitors.

Q:    Does the tobacco-free campus apply to smokeless tobacco products?
A:    Yes, it applies to all tobacco and smoking products, including but not limited to cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco and any type of smokeless tobacco including smokeless cigarettes.

Q:    Where does the tobacco-free policy apply?
A:    The use of tobacco and all smoking products is not permitted on any college-owned property, which includes but is not limited to, buildings, college grounds, right of ways, parking areas, walkways, recreational and sporting facilities, and college-owned vehicles.

Q:    Can I smoke in my personal car?
A:    Tobacco use, including smoking in your personal vehicle, is not permitted while on SJC campus premises.

Q:    What resources are available to help those who would like to quit using tobacco?
A:    A variety of helpful links are listed on the Wellness Program page (http://www.sjcme.edu/wellness). See the links to the right for further information. 

Q:    How is the policy being communicated to campus constituents and visitors?
A:    The policy will be communicated in appropriate College publications and contracts. College publications include but are not limited to electronic notifications, handbooks, brochures and other college-generated materials.

Q:    How is the policy being enforced?
A:   The policy relies on the courtesy and cooperation of the entire campus community. All staff, faculty and students share in the responsibility of following and enforcing the policy. Vendors and visitors are also asked to observe this policy. In particular, each supervisor is responsible for ensuring his or her team members are educated about and comply with this policy. During this first year, our approach will be focused on education and support.

Q:    What should I do if I see someone smoking or using another type of tobacco product?
A:    Remind the person about the policy and provide them with a wallet card. If you prefer, you may contact your supervisor or the individual’s supervisor.

Q:    How should supervisors discuss this new policy with staff, faculty and students?
A:    Managers, deans, department heads and supervisors are encouraged to provide reminders of our tobacco-free campus environment to staff, faculty and students during department orientation and team meetings.

For the full policy, visit http://www.sjcme.edu/files/4_05TobaccoFreePolicy.pdf.