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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ #1 - When does CCBC's campus become tobacco-free?

The College will officially become tobacco-free on August 16, 2012.

FAQ #2 - What does tobacco-free mean?

Smoking or use of any tobacco product will not be permitted in any facility or on the grounds of Community College of Beaver County.

FAQ #3 - Who is affected by the tobacco-free policy?

The policy applies to every person who comes to the Community College of Beaver County campus and centers, including visitors, faculty, staff, students, and contractors.

FAQ #4 - What is considered a tobacco product and therefore prohibited by the tobacco-free policy?

Tobacco products include, but are not limited to, cigarettes (traditional and e-cigarettes), chew, pipes, cigars, hookah or water pipe smoking, and snuff.

FAQ #5 - Do employees, students, and visitors have to quit using tobacco?

No. CCBC is not asking anyone to quit. This policy simply means that no one can use tobacco products on the CCBC campus or center.

FAQ #6 - What areas of Community College of Beaver County are included in the tobacco-free policy?

The use of tobacco products is prohibited on all college owned or leased property, including but not limited to buildings, grounds, vehicles, and equipment.

FAQ #7 - Can I use tobacco in my personal vehicle?

CCBC's tobacco-free policy states that the use of tobacco products shall be prohibited on the grounds or within buildings under the control of the College. Parking lots owned by CCBC are included in the policy.

FAQ #8 - Are other colleges tobacco-free?

Yes. When this policy is enacted on August 16, 2012, Community College of Beaver County will join more than 600 other United States colleges and universities with tobacco-free and smoke-free policies in place for the entire campus, indoors and out.

FAQ #9 - Isn't smoking a personal legal right?

CCBC is not asking employees, students, and visitors to quit using tobacco products but to refrain from using tobacco products while working, learning, or visiting its campus and centers.

FAQ #10 - What resources are available for students and employees who want to quit using tobacco products?

Go to the College's tobacco-free web page at www.ccbc.edu/tobaccofree and click on the Cessation Services tab for information.

FAQ #11 - Why are e-cigarettes included in the tobacco-free procedure?

e-Cigarettes can be regulated as “tobacco products” under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDA). These nicotine delivery devices may contain ingredients that are known to be harmful to humans. Many health proponents, most notably the World Health Organization (WHO), contend that e-cigarette manufacturers have not conducted the research needed to prove that the vapor from e-cigarettes is safe.

FAQ #12 - What efforts are being carried out to make employees and students aware of the tobacco-free policy?

A diverse representation of administrators, faculty and staff comprise six working groups which have planned for the transition to a tobacco-free campus.

Their efforts include:

  • Tobacco-free posters in all campus buildings
  • Electronic message on the marquee
  • Question and answer emails to all employees and students
  • Electronic access to the tobacco-free policy and procedures
  • Tobacco-free web page at www.ccbc.edu/tobaccofree
  • Links to cessation programs and nicotine replacement therapy on the tobacco-free web page
  • Nicotine lozenges for sale in the college bookstore
  • Announcement for the orientation edition of Titan Talk
  • Brochure on campus walking trails
  • Student project for tobacco-free murals
  • Greeters for the beginning of the fall semester
  • Signage for parking lots and buildings.
FAQ #13 - What should I say to someone I see violating the tobacco-free policy?

It is the responsibility of every CCBC employee and student to not only comply with this policy but to encourage others in a positive way to comply with this policy in order to promote a safe, clean, and healthy work and learning environment.

The following scripted messages are suggestions of what to say to someone who is violating the tobacco-free policy or to increase awareness of the policy:

Script #1

Situation:  You see a person using tobacco products on CCBC property.

Response:  “Hello, my name is _____, and I am an (employee, student) here at CCBC.  I want to make you aware that we are now a Tobacco-Free campus … meaning that tobacco products are prohibited on our grounds.  We would appreciate if you would not use tobacco products while visiting our campus.  Thank you for your cooperation.”

Script #2

Question:  “Where am I allowed to smoke?”

Response:  “Smoking and other tobacco products are not allowed anywhere on the CCBC campus.  This is a new policy, put in place on August 16.  If you need to smoke or use tobacco products, you will need to leave the campus.  We do have nicotine lozenges available for you to purchase in the college bookstore.”

Script #3

For vendors, visitors, and prospective students and families:  “I would like to let you know in advance that CCBC is going to be a Tobacco-Free environment as of August 16, 2012.  Use of tobacco products will not be permitted on any property, grounds, or parking areas.  We do have nicotine lozenges available for purchase in the college bookstore and we have resources on the college website about cessation programs and nicotine replacement therapy.  Thank you for respecting our policy.”