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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A: Some of the reasons for SUNY Canton’s commitment to becoming tobacco free include:

  • Promoting respect for others and the environment
  • Reducing the health hazards posed by exposure to second-hand smoke on campus
  • Preparing students for increasingly tobacco-free workplaces
  • Helping prevent desecration of the campus environment by tobacco litter
  • Supporting campus wellness

A: In the fall of 2012, the College began its transition to a tobacco-free campus. During this time, designated tobacco-use areas on campus were significantly reduced and tobacco-free areas significantly increased. As of January 1, 2014, SUNY Canton will continue this transition with a second reduction in tobacco areas.


A: Tobacco use is only allowed in the following areas:

  • Heritage, Smith, Rushton, and Mohawk Gazebos
  • Grass River Suites Picnic Area

Tobacco use is no longer allowed in the following areas:

  • Wicks and Nevaldine Gazebos
  • All parking lots

Smoking materials must be extinguished and disposed of prior to entering SUNY Canton’s Campus or exiting your vehicle.  Improper disposal includes but not limited to:

  • Spitting smokeless tobacco products
  • Littering (i.e. discarded cigarette butts, throwing cigarette butts out of windows, leaving spit containers)
  • Anything that creates fire hazards

A: Tobacco use in campus-owned vehicles is prohibited.


A: This policy applies to all College employees, students, visitors, and vendors and is driven by respect for others and the environment.


A: “Tobacco” is defined as all tobacco products and other smoking devices, including, but not limited to: cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, hookah-smoked products, clove cigarettes, bidis, kreteks, synthetic marijuana, smokeless tobacco and snus. This definition does not include any product that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for sale as a tobacco use cessation product.


A: Enforcement is the shared responsibility of the entire campus and relies on the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of tobacco users and non-users for its success. SUNY Canton will inform members of the campus community about the tobacco policy by widely disseminating information about the policy on a regular basis. Policy non-compliance will prompt an initial educational response which will include information regarding the existence of the policy, the rationale for the policy, and the availability of tobacco cessation support services both on and off campus. Violation of any campus policy may result in discipline - Faculty and staff should be referred to their supervisor and/or to the Assistant Director for Recruitment and Employee Relations. Students should be referred to their Residence Hall Director, the Dean of Students, or designee, for disciplinary action.


A: Over 700 colleges and universities in the United States have enacted smoke-free or tobacco-free policies on their campuses. There is no evidence that these policies have negatively impacted enrollment. However, it is difficult to know if someone decided not to apply to SUNY Canton due to the tobacco-free policy.


Farren C. Lobdell, NCC
Health Educator/Wellness Coordinator CC 222
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 386-7958
davisf@canton.edu