Tobacco Free for You and Me
St. Louis Community College joins a growing list of more than 225 colleges and universities nationwide that have enacted 100 percent tobacco-free policies following the adoption of the tobacco-free policy.
Campuses and facilities are entirely smoke and tobacco free as part of the Tobacco Free for You and Me initiative. The Wildwood campus and the William J. Harrison Education Center were designated as tobacco-free as a condition of certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System when they opened in 2007 and 2010 respectively.
The initiative coincided with the Indoor Clean Air Code Ordinance approved by voters in St. Louis County and a similar measure approved by the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen that bans smoking in many public spaces, including educational facilities.
As part of the Tobacco Free for You and Me initiative, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted – inside or outside – within the college property boundaries or in any college vehicles. There are no designated smoking areas within the property boundary. “Property boundary” is defined as inside the geographical perimeter of any STLCC jurisdiction, including all vehicles parked within the perimeter of any land owned by the college.
Tobacco products affected by this policy include, but are not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smokeless tobacco.
Beginning Feb. 15, students who violate this tobacco-free policy now may receive disciplinary action, including a fine of $15 and holds placed on registration and transcripts. Students’ transcripts will not be released, and registration for subsequent semesters will not be permitted until all violations and related fees have been cleared.
Faculty and staff who violate the policy also will be fined $15 and face disciplinary action up to termination of employment.
The decision to go tobacco-free is not an attempt to force anyone to quit using tobacco products. Rather, the tobacco-free initiative is a concrete way we can demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing a healthy educational setting and workplace not only for our students and employees, but also for those who visit our campuses and facilities.
If you wish to quit using tobacco products, the college encourages you to take advantage of the many resources available to aid in tobacco cessation.