Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is covered by this policy?
Anyone who comes to ESF properties must comply with this policy. This includes students, faculty, staff, visitors, contractors, and vendors.
- What tobacco products are covered by this policy?
Any product made or derived from tobacco, or any product that contains nicotine, that is intended for human consumption. This includes, but is not limited to: cigarettes, cigarillos, hookah-smoked products, bidis, kreteks, electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipes, electronic aerosol delivery systems, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew, snus, herbal cigarettes, clove cigarettes and nicotine-free electronic cigarettes.
- Why are e-cigarettes and vaping included in this policy? Why prohibit smokeless products when they do not affect the health of those around those using the product?
Electronic cigarettes and other inhaling devices are not a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes. The FDS does not regulate these products, and nearly all of them contain nicotine and other very hazardous, harmful and addictive ingredients. See "Know the Risks" for additional information. ESF's policy seeks to support campus health and wellness, and banning these products is consistent with that goal.
- Are nicotine cessation products also against policy?
No. FDA approved nicotine replacement therapy products are allowable under the policy.
- When does the policy become effective?
January 1, 2020
- Where is the policy in effect?
This policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products and electronic cigarette/electronic aerosol delivery devices everywhere within the perimeter of all ESF properties, both indoors and outdoors, as well as in College-owned vehicles, and in any vehicle on ESF property. The use of these products is also prohibited at all ESF-sponsored off-campus events, including, but not limited to, athletic events and commencement-related activities.
- Why is ESF going tobacco- and smoke-free?
ESF is dedicated to sustainability and protecting our planet and is committed to a tobacco- and smoke-free campus as a means to ensure the physical, emotional and social well-being of all those on its campus properties. In addition, the SUNY Board of Trustees passed a resolution to ban the use of tobacco products SUNY-wide.
- How will the policy be enforced?
The policy is intended to be non-punitive, and all efforts will be made to educate violators and offer support services and resources. However, repeated non-compliance will be referred to the appropriate campus student conduct or employee supervisory system for resolution.
- What is my responsibility as a member of the campus community if I see someone violating the policy?
Politely and courteously approach a person who is not complying. Use the SMOKE approach:
S = smile
M = make an assumption that the individual is unaware of the policy
O = offer information about available resources
K = kindly remind them of the policy
E = enforce; ask them to extinguish