As of July 1, 2009, Camden County College is tobacco-free on all three campuses. This means the use of tobacco products will not be allowed either in or outside buildings or on the grounds or parking lots of any CCC properties.
The following will provide the answers to basic questions on this policy:
Why has CCC gone tobacco-free
We all know that smoking is bad for our health and is harmful to those around us. The College believes it is our obligation to provide the healthiest environment for students, employees and visitors.
To whom does this policy apply?
This policy applies to everyone – employees, students, vendors, consultants, contractors, subcontractors and other visitors – who are on any CCC campus.
What does it mean to be a tobacco-free institution?
It means that smoking and any other use of tobacco or “tobacco-like” products on any College property by anyone at any time is strictly prohibited.
- “Smoking” is defined as the burning of a cigar, a cigarette or a pipe or other device containing tobacco or any “tobacco-like” substance.
- “Other use” includes snorting, chewing or spitting of smokeless tobacco, snuff and similar substances.
- “College property” includes all real estate owned, leased or controlled by the College. Therefore, the use of all tobacco or “tobacco-like” products is prohibited on the grounds, playing fields, walkways, roadways, parking lots and areas in and around the perimeter of any building as well as in any vehicle – College-, student-, employee- or visitor-owned – located on College property.
Can I use chewing tobacco or smoke tobacco substitutes?
No. The chewing or use of smokeless tobacco or “chew” is prohibited on all CCC campuses as is the use or smoking of any “tobacco-like” or herbal substances.
How can I tell when I am entering a tobacco-free area?
Signage has been placed at locations across all three campuses that designate each College property as a “Tobacco-Free Campus.”
What will happen if I do not abide by the Tobacco-Free Institution Policy?
The College expects that every student, employee and visitor will respect that the Tobacco-Free Institution Policy has been put into practice for the benefit of everyone attending or visiting the College’s campuses. For those who choose to violate the policy, the College has implemented the following sanctions:
Violations by students will be enforced by issuance of a summons from the Public Safety Department based on notification by College staff. Violators may receive a summons identical to a parking summons, and they may be charged with violation of the Tobacco-Free Institution Policy and/or with littering if the cigarette or waste is discarded on the ground. Violation of the Tobacco-Free Institution Policy will generate a fine of $25 for a single offense, and repeat offenders may be charged a fine of $50. Littering will carry a $25 fine per offense. Fines must be paid according to the schedule on the summons. Fines that go unpaid will be handled like any outstanding financial obligation to the College and could prevent you from receiving your transcript or your diploma. A file will be kept recording each student’s offenses. Those students who are considered intentionally flagrant will be referred to the Dean of Students for disciplinary sanctions, if necessary.
Employees who violate the Tobacco-Free Institution Policy may face progressive disciplinary action in accordance with standing procedures. Those who violate the policy will be warned by Public Safety or supervisory staff with notice given to the employee’s supervisor or dean and the Office of Human Resources through a formal notification process. Human Resources and department supervisors and deans will monitor repeat behavior and act as necessary to curtail the behavior through counseling and, ultimately, the progressive discipline process.
All visitors are held to the same standards as all students and employees while on College property and must abide by all board or trustee policies and regulations established in CCC’s handbooks. Visitors (including vendors, contractors and consultants) will receive notification and warning against using tobacco or “tobacco-like” products on any campus. Any visitor or guest who does not abide by College policy may be told to leave campus and be prohibited from returning.
Who should I contact if I have any questions?
Students should contact the Office of Student Life and Activities or the Public Safety Department. Employees can contact the Office of Human Resources or speak with their supervisors. Visitors can contact the Public Safety Department.
Where can I find a copy of the policy?
For your convenience, the Tobacco-Free Institution Policy can be viewed by clicking on this link:
CCC Smoking Policy
What types of resources are available to those who currently use tobacco products?
CCC understands that tobacco use is a chemical addiction and wants to support those who choose to quit. There are numerous resources available for students through the Office of Student Life and Activities and for employees through the Office of Human Resources or your health services provider.
Anyone who wants to quit can contact there medical practitioner or these other resources:
For telephone assistance, call the State of New Jersey’s NJ Quitline at (866) NJSTOPS or (866) 657-8677 or Virtua Health’s Quitcenter at (888) VIRTUA-3 or (888) 847-8823.
For online help, visit nj.quitnet.com, www.state.nj.us/health/as/ctcp/index.html or
Where can I get more information?
Students can speak to anyone at the Office of Student Life and Activities, which is located in Room 200 of the Otto R. Mauke Community Center. Employees can obtain services through their health services provider or by contacting the Office of Human Resources. Employees who do not have health insurance but still want to quit using tobacco products should contact the Human Resources Office for options.
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