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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Why is SUNY Canton becoming a tobacco-restricted campus?

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

Q: When will SUNY Canton reduce designated tobacco-use areas?

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.

Q: Where can I use tobacco?

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

  • Heritage, Smith, Rushton, and Mohawk Gazebos
  • Kennedy Hall Picnic Area

Tobacco use is no longer allowed in the following areas:

  • Wicks and Nevaldine Gazebos
  • College sidewalks, the campus plaza, building entrances and common areas, landscape areas, recreational areas, parking lots, and campus buildings on College property
  • Interior of all buildings located on the College property and vehicles owned or operated by SUNY Canton and personally owned and rented vehicles when used to transport SUNY Canton faculty, staff, or students on any college‐related business, academic, or student life activities.
  • Residence hall facilities; smoking or the carrying of lighted cigars, cigarettes, pipes or any other form of smoking object is prohibited in all areas of the residence halls including hallways, bathrooms, lounges, laundry rooms, offices, and vestibules.
  • Within 50 feet of any building entrance or exit, including immediate vicinity of all windows and air intakes.
  • Covered walkways or building over hangs.

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

Q: Can I smoke inside campus-owned vehicles?

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

Q: Who does the tobacco policy apply to?

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

Q: What types of tobacco are included in this policy?

A: “Tobacco” is defined as all tobacco and tobacco-derived products intended for human consumption, 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.

Q: How will the tobacco-free policy be enforced?

A: This policy applies to all College employees, students, visitors, and vendors and is driven by respect for others and the environment. The entire campus is empowered to appropriately and civilly inform a violator of the policy and ask them to move to a designated tobacco use area. We anticipate that most instances of violation of this policy can be remedied through education and/or informal reminders. As tobacco regulations are college policy, serious or repeat violations may subject employees to disciplinary action as contained in the appropriate articles of the union contract. Students may be subject to disciplinary action as contained in the Student Handbook.

Q: Will the tobacco-free policy affect enrollment?

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-restricted policy.

Farren C. Lobdell
Director of Wellness Promotions
MCC 134
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 386-7958