Skidmore College Smoke-Free Policy
August 29, 2018
Dear Members of the Skidmore Community,
I write to provide an update on our plans to implement a new smoke-free and tobacco-free policy for Skidmore’s campus.
As you are aware, Skidmore will become a smoke-free campus on January 1, 2019. The new policy will apply to all members of the Skidmore Community and to guests who visit the campus.
The purpose of the policy is to provide the community with a healthy working and learning environment by limiting the potential exposure of students, faculty, staff and visitors to the effects of secondhand smoke.
Since our last update, the implementation committee has been working closely with our partners at Glens Falls Hospital Health Promotion Center to develop a communications plan and timeline, design graphics and signage and develop on-campus programs and events to support the policy launch. Beginning this fall, you’ll start to see signage appear around campus to communicate the policy change.
We’ll be back in touch in October with further details about special events to support the policy launch. In the meantime, please contact me with any questions, suggestions or concerns.
Dean Cerri Banks
The following version of the Smoking Policy went into effect in 2014, and will soon be replaced by the Smoke Free Policy.
The purpose of the Skidmore College smoking policy is to limit the potential exposure of students, faculty, staff and visitors to the effects of second-hand smoke, reduce the risk of fires on campus and provide the community with a healthy, respectful working and learning environment.
Smoking is prohibited in all Skidmore College facilities and College-owned vehicles
and within 25 feet of all facilities on campus. Designated smoke-free areas are well
marked and make up the interior of the College’s campus. Smoking is permitted, in
most cases, in areas facing the loop road. In addition, individuals may smoke in their
personal vehicles while parked on campus.
We ask that those choosing to use electronic cigarettes be considerate of their surroundings.
This policy applies to all members of the Skidmore College community and guests to our campus.
Effective implementation of this policy is the responsibility of all Skidmore College community members and depends on the courtesy, respect and cooperation of the entire community. Therefore, it is the expectation that:
- All members of the college community comply with this policy
- All supervisors communicate this policy to their employees
- All event organizers communicate this policy to event attendees
While there are procedures in place to address violations of campus policies, it is the expectation that community members will act as the primary enforcers of the standards articulated in the policy. However, if members of the community fail to comply with the policy, the following actions may be taken:
- Employees (staff): Violations of this policy will be addressed through educational and corrective measures as outlined in Human Resources policies and procedures. (The VPAA/DOF will address faculty violations as reflected in the faculty handbook.)
- Students: Violations will be referred to the Integrity Board
- Visitors: Visitors are expected to observe all College policies; those who violate the smoking policy may be removed from the building or event and denied re-admittance
Smoking Cessation Programs
An important part of any successful smoking policy is campus and community support for those wishing to quit smoking. Resources for smokers include:
Resources for Smokers
NYS Smoker’s Quitline-1-866-697-8487
- available to students/staff/faculty
- one of the most accessible services
- services are free
- must be >18 years old
- limited supply nicotine replacement available for moderate-heavy smokers
- quit coach available
- links to other local resources, i.e support groups
- need to supply New York State address for nicotine replacement (for students-use Skidmore address)
- calling the quitline vs. visiting the online site is encouraged. Speak with a representative to establish an individualized plan
Glens Falls Hospital-926-6629
- Butt Kickers Smoking Cessation Support Group-for anyone who has quit or thinking about quitting. Meets 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Cancer Center Library
- Quit For Life Session-one session every quarter, meets on Tuesday’s.
Employee Assistance Program-793-9768
- will provide short term counseling for stress or depression related to smoking cessation
Community Health Centers for those without insurance or without a primary care physician
- Saratoga Community Health Center- 886-5600 https://www.saratogahospital.org/locations-directions/saratoga-community-health-center
- accepts all patients regardless of ability to pay
- Hudson Headwaters- 761-0300 (multiple locations) http://www.hhhn.org/HealthCenters/
- accepts all patients regardless of insurance status and offers pharmacy assistance.
Skidmore College Health Services
- can provide medication prescriptions and counseling for students who desire to quit
Skidmore College Counseling Center
- can provide short term counseling to students who need support in smoking cessation