Central Maine Community College Tobacco-Free Policy Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why did CMCC implement a tobacco-free policy?
A. As an institute of higher learning, it is our responsibility to provide a healthy environment for the students, faculty, staff and visitors that we welcome to our campus. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and the 2006 and 2010 U.S. Surgeon General Reports emphasize that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Additionally, cigarette butts are the most common form of litter in the world and are toxic to the environment.
Q. When did the tobacco-free policy go into effect?
A. The tobacco-free campus policy went into effect on July 1, 2014.
Q. What does tobacco-free mean?
A. The tobacco-free policy prohibits the smoking of, or use of, any tobacco products (including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, snuff, chewing tobacco, and non-FDA approved nicotine delivery devices, such as e-cigarettes) anywhere on the CMCC campus. This includes all academic buildings, residence halls, administrative offices, recreational facilities, and campus grounds.
Q. Who is covered by this tobacco-free initiative?
A. The tobacco-free campus policy applies to anyone on the CMCC campus, including all staff, faculty, students, contractors, vendors and visitors.
Q. Do I have to quit smoking or stop using tobacco to live/work/study at CMCC?
A. The tobacco-free campus policy is not about making tobacco users quit but about maintaining a healthy environment and eliminating exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke. Students, staff and faculty are not being asked to quit but need to refrain from use on campus to abide by the policy.
Q. What is being done to help smokers and tobacco users?
A. A number of resources are listed on the CMCC website that can help smokers quit or reduce their use of tobacco. The Maine Tobacco HelpLine provides free, confidential phone counseling and support to any Maine resident at 1-800-207-1230. For those who qualify, free nicotine replacement therapy is available through the HelpLine. Beginning in the Fall 2014 semester, Emily Dooling, health promotion coordinator at Healthy Androscoggin, will deliver three separate 1.5 hour long presentations on campus about preparing to quit, creating a quit plan and resources available to help. Exact times and locations will be posted as they are available.
Q. How are visitors being made aware of the policy?
A. Signage is being placed on campus to raise awareness that tobacco use is now prohibited at CMCC. The policy has also been publicized on the campus website, social media, and through email blasts. Additionally, we ask that the CMCC community assist visitors by reminding them that the policy is in place.