Tobacco Free Campus Initiative
Tobacco use is prohibited inside all college controlled vehicles, buildings, grounds, and parking lots.
Frequently Asked Questions
When did the tobacco free policy start?
August 1, 2009
Whom does this policy affect?
All students, employees, contractors, service representatives and visitors on all WCTC campuses.
Does this policy apply to city-owned streets, sidewalks and right-of-ways?
WCTC has no jurisdiction over the use of city-owned streets, sidewalks, and right-of-ways.
How is this policy enforced?
The goal of the policy is to promote a healthier environment for everyone. Enforcement will depend upon the cooperation of all faculty, staff, and students, not only to comply with the policy but also to encourage others to comply with this policy in order to promote a healthier environment in which to work, study and live. Anyone who observes a violation of this policy is asked to report the violation to campus police (x5582). Violators of this policy will be subject to a fine of:
$25, College Warning: This ticket serves as official notice that you have violated an institutional regulation.
$50, Second College Warning
$75, Students: mandatory meeting with Director of Student Development and may be subject to further disciplinary action; Employees: meeting with Associate Vice President of Human Resource and may be subject to progressive discipline; Visitors may be asked to leave campus.
Can I smoke in my personal car?
Parking lots and grounds are included in the tobacco free policy; however there will be no effort to enforce the policy in private vehicles located on WCTC property, provided users make a reasonable effort to contain smoke and tobacco material inside the vehicle (ex. keeping all waste products, including cigarette butts, inside the vehicle).
As a tobacco user, do I have to quit using tobacco?
No, the policy stipulates that you cannot use Tobacco products on College property. For those who do choose to quit, information regarding cessation programs and resources will be made available prior to and continuing throughout the implementation.
Tobacco Cessation Resources
Support for individuals who choose to quit.
English Hotline: 1.800.Quit.Now (1.800.784.8669)
Spanish Hotline: 1.877.2.No.Fume (1.800.266.3863)
The Quit Line offers free: medications (two weeks of nicotine replacement therapy), coaching on how to quit, self-help materials, referrals to local programs to help you quit smoking or chewing, and follow-up support.
Freedom from Smoking On-line is a free program that walks participants through the steps of quitting tobacco. Participants complete activities at their own pace and receive information and resources from the American Lung Association.
Smokefree.gov is intended to help you or someone you care about quit smoking. The information was created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch for the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Resources available to participants include: online step-by step cessation guide, local and student telephone quitlines, NCI’s national telephone quitline, NCI’s instant messaging program, and Publications that may be ordered downloaded, or printed.