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Eagles Care for Clean Air

Eagles Care for Clean Air

Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

This page was created to answer any questions concerning Florida Gulf Coast University's Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Campus. If you are unable to locate the answer to your question, please fill out the public comment form.

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As a supervisor, how do I prepare my staff for the change to a Smoke-free and Tobacco-free campus?

You may remind your students, faculty, staff, administration, university affliates, third-party contractors, third party vendors, and campus visitors that they will be required to abide by the policy effective May 9, 2016. If an employee is seeking resources for cessation or would like more information, please refer them to the Eagles Care for Clean Air website at www.fgcu.edu/cleanair

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Who will be affected by FGCU becoming smoke-free and tobacco-free?

Students, faculty, staff, administration, university affiliates, third-party contractors, third-party vendors, and campus visitors will be affected by FGCU becoming smoke-free and tobacco-free.

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Who will need to comply with FGCU becoming smoke-free and tobacco-free?

Students, faculty, staff, administration, university affiliates, third-party contractors, third-party vendors, and campus visitors will be expected to comply with FGCU being a smoke-free and tobacco-free University.  This includes all individuals who occupy the FGCU main campus and all satellite campuses, offices, athletic fields, nature trails, beaches, and any other facilities or property held by FGCU. This also includes any motor vehicles or watercraft owned by the University travelling outside of FGCU premises such as cars, trucks, boats, busses, and golf carts.

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What am I supposed to say if I see someone smoking on campus?

The responsibility for the enforcement and communication of this new policy (effective May 9th, 2016) will rest with all members of the University community. Therefore, if you see someone smoking on campus, you are encouraged to speak to them.

Below are some suggested approaches, which all carry a tone of respect, civility, and courtesy. Keep your request positive, focused on the benefits of clean air and a healthy environment for the campus community. In most cases, if someone is asked to stop smoking, they will.  If someone responds negatively, do not escalate the situation.  Simply walk away and refrain from engaging in a heated argument.

Scenario #1

Issue: You see someone smoking or using tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes.    

Response: “Hey, sorry to interrupt. You may not have known, but FGCU is now a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus, so you’re really not supposed to smoke here. It’s a new policy that started May 9th.”

Scenario #2

Question: “Hey guys, where’s it ok to smoke around here?”

Response: “You may not have known, but FGCU became a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus on May 9th. You won’t be able to smoke anywhere around here, but if you want to smoke, you’ll have to go off-campus.”

Scenario #3

Question: “I can’t smoke here? When did that happen? How did that get decided?”

Response: “FGCU became a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus on May 9th.  Check out www.fgcu.edu/cleanair for the details, including FAQ’s.”

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What about prospective students who smoke, or those who might apply for a job who are smokers?

FGCU welcomes everyone to our campus, but students applying for admission to attend or individuals applying to work at FGCU need to be aware of, and are expected to comply with FGCU becoming a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus. The campus will become Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free starting May 9, 2016. 

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What about the rights of smokers?

There is no legal right to smoke under any federal, state, or local law. FGCU has the right to implement policies to reduce risk and harm, and to protect the campus community. 

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What does FGCU being both smoke-free and tobacco-free mean?

Smoke-free means all products and items that can be inhaled, exhaled, burned, lighted, and heated , such as: cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation, including hookahs and marijuana, whether natural or synthetic, in any manner or in any form. Smoking also includes the use of an electronic smoking device which creates an aerosol or vapor, in any manner or in any form, or the use of any oral smoking device is prohibited.

Tobacco-free means all products, items, or substance  containing tobacco leaf, including but not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, bidis, blunts, clove cigarettes, or any other preparation of tobacco as well as any product or formulation of matter containing biologically active amounts of nicotine that is manufactured, sold, offered for sale, or otherwise distributed with the expectation that the product or matter will be introduced into the human body by inhalation (not including any cessation product specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in treating nicotine or tobacco dependence) is prohibited.

FGCU is committed to removing all forms of smoking and tobacco products from its main campus, satellite campuses, and all other University-held or University-owned entities. 

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What resources are available for students, faculty, and staff who wish to quit smoking?

The university will be providing some resources, as well as access to other resources for students, faculty, and staff who decide to quit smoking. Please click this link for more information. 

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What will happen to current designated smoking areas on FGCU main campus and satellite campuses?

All designated smoking areas located on all property owned, operated or held by FGCU will be phased out until May 9, 2016 in which after that FGCU will be a smoke-free and tobacco-free University.

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Where will the Smoke-free and Tobacco-free areas be located?

All premises and property owned, operated or held by FGCU will be smoke-free and tobacco-free. These areas include, but are not limited to: the FGCU main campus and its various satellite campuses, offices, athletic fields, nature trails, beaches, and any other entities operated and held by FGCU including: all buildings, stairwells, sidewalks, parking lots and garages, on-campus streets and driveways, boardwalks, on-campus bus stops and shelters, exterior open spaces and all motorized vehicles in these areas. This includes any vehicles or structures owned by the University traveling outside of FGCU premises such as cars, trucks, boats, busses, and golf carts.

In addition, any University association, event, and/or trip sponsored by the University will also be smoke-free and tobacco-free including, but not limited to: athletic events, academic conferences, cultural exchanges, and professional staff development events. 

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Can I smoke or use tobacco products in my vehicle while on campus?

No. The use of all tobacco products as defined is prohibited in personal property on FGCU’s premises. This applies to all motorized vehicles including: cars, busses, recreational vehicles, and boats that an individual may bring onto any property owned, operated or held by FGCU; this rule only applies while the personal property is on FGCU premises. 

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When will FGCU become Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free?

FGCU will become Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free starting May 9, 2016--the first day of summer classes.

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Why is FGCU becoming Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free?

FGCU is focused on providing a healthy, safe place for people to learn and work. Tobacco is one of the leading preventable health risks worldwide, impacting both the consumer of the product and those around the consumer through second-hand smoke. The goal is to reduce harm from tobacco-products to those on our campus.

As stated in our Mission, FGCU seeks to promote environmental sustainability. Becoming a smoke-free and tobacco-free University enables us to better fulfill our mission by keeping the air clean of toxic chemicals, and our physical spaces clean of tobacco-related debris. This speaks to the campus-pride we hope all would have in keeping our young and vibrant University clean and beautiful.

In a commitment to environmental sustainability and to improving public health, FGCU has decided to join many other public institutions in Florida and across the nation in in being smoke-free and tobacco-free. 

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How does FGCU's desire to become smoke-free and tobacco-free become a University policy?

A smoke-free and tobacco-free policy is currently being drafted.  Like all policies, it will undergo the standard process of review across the University before it becomes approved. The campus community will have many opportunities to provide feedback through public forums, as well as through the Eagles Care for Clean Air webpage which will be used to help formulate the University policy.  

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How will this new policy be communicated to the FGCU campus community?

Adequate signage will be placed around on all campus properties informing the campus community and visitors of the new policy. A website dedicated to providing information about the new Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free policy has been created, and other information regarding this policy will follow. All administrators, directors, department chairs, and supervisors will communicate the policy to faculty and staff, and visitors within their areas. Inclusion of this policy may specifically be made in the following areas: Human Resources, Admissions, Housing, Eagle View Orientation, Procurement Services, and Business Operations. 

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How will the smoke-free and tobacco-free policy be enforced?

The responsibility for the enforcement and communication of this new policy will rest with all members of the University community.

Visitors, contractors, and other individuals on campus who are in violation of the policy should be reminded of the policy and asked to comply by discarding the tobacco product.

A student found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct (FGCU-PR4.002).

An employee found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action under Regulation FGCU-PR5.016 or as may be provided in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Any other person found to be in violation of this policy may be notified by University Police and subject to removal from FGCU premises and/or property if continued non-compliance occurs.