Smoke Free Campus
During our League Rep meeting I asked a couple of you whether you have a 'smoke free' campus. And, if yes, how do you handle faculty and staff who smoke. If you have a smoke free campus how do you handle the smokers? Are they allowed to smoke in their cars? How has it affected attendance or productivity by faculty and staff? Any words of wisdom are appreciated.
We have a "smoke free" campus at Delta College. Students and faculty members are encouraged to go to their cars. However, enforcement is still a major issue. Some of the discussions are should we move to creating smoking huts or designating smoking areas.
At Eastfield College, we have a "tobacco free" campus but allow people to smoke in the parking lots and in cars. However, allowing smoking in the parking lots has begun to cause a problem because groups of students have found places in the lots they like to congregate to smoke together. They are making a mess with the cigarette butts on the ground as well as causing others to feel uncomfortable when they have to walk around this big group of students who are smoking together. We are now considering making the entire campus area "tobacco free" and allowing smoklng to occur only inside cars.
So far our policy has not seemed to negatively impact employees who smoke. However, if we start limiting smoking to cars and not allow parking lot smoking, we may hear negative responses from the employees.
Lane has had a smoke-free campus for a couple of years that allows smoking in vehicles and in three designated open shelters that are located in parking lots. All smokers including staff/faculty must adhere to the same rules so off they go to their cars or the shelters. The few employees who are smokers grumble but it hasn't been a big issue for productivity. We have also found that the shelters are a problem overall because there are frequently too many people smoking than can fit under the shelter so they spill out into the parking area which then becomes a safty issue because it is a through fare. To make it safer we just put traffic calming grooves into the pavement to slow down drivers passing the shelter.
Hope this helps,