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Smoking and Tobacco Use

3.26 Smoking and Tobacco Use
Year Adopted


The College intends to create a learning and working environment that promotes the health and well-being of all students and employees. To help achieve this, the College shall be designated a “restricted smoking” campus and the use of any tobacco product shall be permitted only in designated smoking shelters.


  1. Information and smoking cessation options: The College will inform employees and students about (1) the health benefits of refraining from smoking and quitting smoking and (2) the availability of smoking cessation and other programs and options to help them quit using tobacco products. The College also will post no-smoking signs and provide other notifications as appropriate to implement this Procedure.
  2. Required use of smoking shelters: No person may smoke or otherwise use a tobacco product on College property except in (1) a closed private vehicle or (2) a smoking shelter in a location designated by the President or President’s designee. The College will assure that a reasonable number of shelters are provided in appropriate locations, and information about these locations will be made available to employees and students.
  3. Legal compliance: (1) The College recognizes its obligations to comply with RCW chapter 70.160 and WAC 296-800-240 and -24005. The College will seek to make sure that smoking shelters are at least twenty-five feet from entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes that serve an enclosed area where smoking is prohibited.                (2) Electronic smoking devices are prohibited in public places on College property to the extent required by applicable law or regulation. For example, see the Pierce County Health Department’s “Environmental Health Code”, Chapter 9.

  4. Enforcement: Failure to use a smoking shelter when required to do so is a violation of this Policy and Procedure, subject to appropriate employee or student discipline.

  5. Tobacco product defined: A tobacco product is any product made or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, including but not limited to a cigarette, cigar, smoking tobacco, or chewing tobacco.