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Smoking and Tobacco Policy FAQ

When does the tobacco free policy start?

July 1, 2016

Whom does this policy affect?

All students, employees, contractors, service representatives and visitors on all NWTC campuses.

How is this policy different from our current policy?

Our current policy prohibits smoking in designated areas.  The new policy is intended to promote a healthier environment by prohibiting tobacco use anywhere on property owned or leased by NWTC.

Isn’t this policy a violation of my civil rights?

No. There is no "right" to use tobacco products under state or federal law. In addition, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College administration has the authority to regulate the use on the college property. Prohibiting tobacco use on campus preserves everyone's right to breathe clean, smoke-free air while allowing adults who smoke to continue to do so off campus. This decision supports the rights and privileges of smokers and nonsmokers.

Can I smoke in my personal vehicle?  

Parking lots and grounds are included in the tobacco free policy; however, smoking in private vehicles located on NWTC property is allowed.  Users must make an effort to contain tobacco material, cigarette butts, and other garbage within the vehicle or this privilege may be revoked. 

How will this policy be enforced?

The goal of the policy is to promote a healthier environment for everyone.  Enforcement will depend upon the cooperation of staff and students, not only to comply with this policy, but also to encourage others to comply in order to promote a healthier environment in which to work, study and live.  We are an institution of higher education. Therefore, education is the key to implementing this policy. We will make people aware of the tobacco-free environment through electronic information, signs, notices at event programs and marketing materials. An explanation of the tobacco-free campus policy is communicated to prospective and enrolling students and new employees. Additionally, we ask event planners to include information about the policy in materials distributed to all outside groups using college facilities.
 
Employees who are comfortable approaching other staff, students, or visitors who are using tobacco/nicotine products are encouraged to remind the individuals of our tobacco/nicotine-free policy.  Accordingly, tobacco/nicotine users are expected to voluntarily comply with the policy.  Anyone who observes a possible violation may courteously and without confrontation inform the individual of the tobacco/nicotine-free policy.  Students that repeatedly do not comply with the policy or become defiant when reminded of the policy may be referred to their Dean/Associate Dean for the code of conduct process.
 
Staff that observe other co-workers violating the tobacco/nicotine-free policy should remind the individual of our tobacco/nicotine-free policy and report it to their supervisor/manager.  Violation of the tobacco/nicotine policy, like any other policy violation will be a performance issue and addressed by their manager. 
 
Students who are comfortable approaching other students or visitors who are using tobacco products are encourage to remind the individual of our tobacco-free policy.  Accordingly, tobacco users are expected to voluntarily comply with the policy.  Anyone who observes a possible violation may courteously and without confrontation inform the individual of the tobacco-free policy.  Students will be given the option to pick up Tobacco/Nicotine Policy business cards to hand out to anyone who is violating the policy at Student Involvement or by seeing their Instructors.  Students may report repeating violators to their instructors, associate deans, or Student Involvement.   Each student has the right to enforce this peer-led policy. 

What should students do if they see students or visitors violates this policy?

It is recommended that students should feel empowered to go up to any peer who maybe violating the policy and remind them that Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is now Tobacco Free.  Students are also encouraged to carry Tobacco/Nicotine Policy Business Cards to hand out to anyone who violates the policy.

What should supervisors or managers do if one of their employees violates this policy?

It is recommended that managers/supervisors should inform all employees of this policy.  Violations of the tobacco/nicotine policy should be addressed immediately after a violation complaint is filed as well as during the employees performance review. 

As a smoker, do I have to quit smoking?

No, the policy stipulates that you cannot use tobacco/nicotine 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. 

What types of smoking cessation resources are available?

The following tobacco cessation programs and resources are available:

  • Employees-Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Employee Health Plan
    • Beat the Pack
  • Students and Employees- Personal health care plans
  • Local hospitals and providers
  • Brown County Public Health Department (920) 448-6400
  • Kewaunee County Public Health Department (920) 388-7160
  • Marinette County Public Health Department (715) 732-7700
  • Shawano County Public Health Department (715) 526-4808 

Online Resources

Will the use of e-cigarettes be permitted?

No.  The FDA does not consider e-cigarettes to be a safe nicotine delivery system or smoking cessation strategy and their use is prohibited on college property.  However, other forms of approved nicotine replacement therapy such as gum and patches are acceptable.  See FDA information on e-cigarettes. 

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