Smoke Free/Tobacco Free Policy

Health risks associated with smoking are well documented. Since 1990 when the college first restricted smoking, additional studies have indicated that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (secondhand smoke) is a significant risk for the non-smoker. The college is responsible for providing a safe environment for its students, faculty, staff and visitors. Consequently, we have implemented a rigorous campus-wide policy on smoking.

SUNY Oswego is tobacco free and smoke free. Smoking of any kind and other uses of tobacco products will be prohibited on campus, at extension campuses, at all indoor and outdoor events, college-sponsored programs and activities off campus, in personally owned vehicles parked on campus, and all vehicles and equipment owned, leased or operated by the college and its affiliate organizations. Use of tobacco products other than smoking products and other smoking apparatus such as pipes, hookas and e-cigarettes, etc., is also prohibited.

Sale of tobacco products on campus is prohibited. Concerns regarding this policy may be directed to the Office of Human Resources or the Dean of Students.

More information can be found online at https://acquia-prod.oswego.edu/human-resources/sites/acquia-prod.oswego.edu.human-resources/files/tobacco_smoke_free_policy_final.pdf

Compliance

This policy relies on the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of smokers and non-smokers for success. It is the responsibility of all members of the college community to observe the policy and to remind others, including visitors, of their responsibility to comply with this policy. Any person who fails to comply with the requirements of this policy may be in violation of Article 13E of the New York State Public Health Law as amended July 24, 2003. Complaints regarding individual violations of this policy should be referred to the appropriate Academic Dean, Vice President or the Dean of Students. If a determination is made that a violation of the policy has occurred, a warning will be issued to the individual in violation of the policy. Should continued violations occur, the matter will be referred to the Human Resources Office (faculty and staff) or the Dean of Students Office (students) for disciplinary action.

Education, cessation and support

The college recognizes that tobacco is an addictive substance, that use of tobacco adversely affects physical health and productivity, that ceasing the use of tobacco may be difficult, and that persons wishing to cease the use of tobacco often need support. The prevention of tobacco use provides positive health and community benefits. Prevention is best served through organized and consistent programming across the entire campus community. The college is committed to providing access to cessation services and prevention programming for all members of the campus community.

  • Students: Tobacco cessation services and prevention programming are offered for students during the fall and spring semester. Prevention programming occurs through active and passive methodologies. Students interested in cessation programs are encouraged to contact the Walker Health Center at whealth@oswego.edu or 315.312.4100.
  • Faculty and staff: Tobacco cessation services and prevention programming are offered for faculty and staff on a year-round basis. Prevention programming occurs through active and passive methodologies. Faculty and staff interested in cessation programs are encouraged to contact the Employee Assistance Program at 315.312.5546 or the Office of Human Resources at 315.312.2230.