Tobacco Free Purchase
Purchase is proud to be a Tobacco Free campus.
Purchase joins all of the SUNY system and over 1,800 institutions of higher education across the nation that have implemented similar health policies.
The Tobacco Free policy is driven by respect for others and the environment and relies on the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of tobacco users and non-users for its success. The success of this policy will depend on the cooperation of all members of the Purchase College community, both to comply and encourage others to do so.
Health, Sustainability, and Responsibility
Purchase College places a priority on the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff and those who visit the Purchase campus. The Tobacco Free policy complements the college’s environmental sustainability efforts, helps to create and preserve equitable and respectful work, study, and living environments, and brings Purchase’s institutional investments in line with the college’s principles on social and environmental responsibility. It eliminates harmful exposure to secondhand smoke and prevent litter and chemical leaching from tobacco waste.
What Is Included in the Tobacco Free Policy?
Under the policy, “tobacco” is defined as all tobacco and tobacco-derived products intended for human consumption, including, but not limited to:
- cigarettes (including cloves, bidis and kreteks)
- e-cigarettes ( JUULs and other vaping devices)
- cigars and cigarillos
- pipe tobacco
- hookah-smoked products
- smokeless tobacco (dip, chew, snus, and snuff)
- any other product that contains tobacco flavoring or is intended to mimic tobacco products or delivers nicotine with the exception of FDA approved nicotine cessation products.
An initial violation of the policy will result only in a verbal warning. This warning will include information about the policy, the rationale behind it, and the availability of tobacco-cessation and harm-reduction support services on and off campus. Subsequent noncompliance by students will result in the following under section E12 of the Community Standards of Conduct.
For more detailed policy information
Read the full Tobacco Free policy.