Beginning Sept. 1, Stanislaus State will be a completely tobacco-free, smoke-free and vape-free campus. All tobacco products, including cigarettes, hookahs, chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco, vape pens and e-cigarettes will not be permitted in or outside any buildings or in parking areas.
The new policies are in response to CSU Chancellor’s Office Executive Order 1108, which establishes a system-wide policy to create completely smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.
According to the executive order: “In order to provide the California State University’s faculty, staff, students, guests and the public with campuses that support the principle of one’s individual freedom to learn, teach, work, think and take part in their intellectual endeavors in a fulfilling, rewarding, safe and healthy environment, the creation and implementation of a smoke and tobacco free policy system-wide is necessary and welcome.”
By adopting these policies, Stan State will promote clean air, save staff time spent cleaning cigarette waste and better prepare our students for their future smoke-free work environments. There is additional intent within the policy to prevent our campus community from starting to smoke while encouraging those who do smoke to smoke less and to support those who have already quit.
The American College Health Association has recommended all colleges and universities adopt 100 percent tobacco-free campus policies, citing statistics that indicate tobacco is the leading cause of preventable and premature deaths in America, accounting for an estimated 443,000 deaths each year.
Already in California, 102 public colleges and universities have significantly stronger policies than California State Law, which only requires no smoking within 20 feet of buildings. The entire University of California system has been 100 percent tobacco-free since January 1, 2014. And nationally more than 1,200 colleges are 100 percent smoke-free.
And starting Sept. 1, it will be Stan State’s turn to clear the air.
There will be a summer-long campus rollout of information regarding the new policies to make sure new and returning students, faculty and staff are aware of the rules. As ash cans are removed, new signage will be installed across campus to promote an anti-smoking culture.
Once the policies are in effect, a series of educational activities will be launched to ensure the entire campus community is aware of the new rules. In addition, campus crews will be looking for areas where cigarette butts collect and other signs of policies being broken.