Under current law and a policy adopted by the SUNY Board of Trustees on January 11, 2007, smoking is banned on SUNY campuses in indoor areas, including residence halls, and in vehicles owned or leased by the university. Under a policy adopted by Purchase College in the spring of 2012, smoking is not permitted within 25 feet of the entrance to or the windows of any campus building. Smoking is also not permitted in, on, or around any athletic facility or field. Smokers found on athletic fields will be required to move to the access roads or parking lots if they choose to smoke. Cigarette butts must be properly disposed of and not discarded on the ground. All employees and students are responsible for complying with these policies.
Faculty and staff who would like alternatives to smoking and referrals to smoking cessation programs may call the coordinator of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at (914) 251-6098. EAP services are free for faculty and staff.
Tobacco-Free SUNY Resolution
On June 12, 2012, the SUNY Board of Trustees passed a resolution supporting a “Tobacco-Free SUNY” policy that would require a 100 percent tobacco-free campus environment. This would include prohibiting the use of tobacco at any time on the grounds of all university facilities and at campus-sponsored events. The resolution also supports the development and enactment of New York State legislation mandating that all SUNY campuses become 100 percent tobacco-free no later than January 1, 2014.
In doing so, SUNY became the largest public university system in the U.S. to adopt a comprehensive tobacco-free policy. This resolution is a result of the Chancellor’s Task Force for a Tobacco-Free SUNY, which included broad representation of SUNY’s students, faculty, staff, and campus administrators, along with other partners from the community.
“Tobacco use on college campuses is a serious public health issue for which SUNY can be a larger part of the solution,” said Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “By establishing a policy that will prohibit the use of tobacco among our 468,000 students and 88,000 employees on campuses across New York, we will have a positive impact on their health and that of our visitors.”
According to Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, “SUNY has a responsibility to promote the health of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors while they are on our campuses. I commend the board for making the health of these groups a priority, and I look forward to working with legislative leaders to develop a state law that will make SUNY 100 percent tobacco-free by the end of next year .”
The full text of the resolution is available online at:
Updated Oct. 17, 2012
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