On Tuesday, September 4, the College will join colleges throughout CUNY and the nation by officially becoming a tobacco-free campus. The tobacco-free policy adopts the University's mandate restricting the use of all tobacco products from the building and grounds of all CUNY colleges and college-owned vehicles. The definition of campus buildings and grounds under the policy includes all structures and walkways that adjoin college buildings such as exterior stairs, outdoor seating sections, exit and entrance areas. Campus parking lots will also fall within the policy's restrictions. However,sidewalk areas that border our buildings do not fall within its scope and remain public areas that are accessible to tobacco users.
This is an exciting development for the College. The health risks associated with the second-hand smoke of lighted tobacco products and use of other tobacco derivatives such as chewing tobacco are well-established. This new policy represents a step in the right direction by creating a healthier college environment for faculty, staff, students and community visitors. Of the new policy, President Pollard stated " We are committed to supporting a public health initiative that promotes heightened community awareness about the negative impact of tobacco use, especially in insitutional settings. We anticipate broad cooperation and a successful transition to a tobacco-free campus."
For more information on CUNY's tobacco free policy visit www.cuny.edu