Spelman College is committed to providing a healthy, comfortable and productive learning environment for students, faculty and staff.
We recognize the serious health implications of smoking and second-hand smoke and the rising rates of asthma among our population. In order to create an atmosphere consistent with the College’s mission and commitment to improve the health and wellness of members of the Spelman’s community and environment, we prohibit smoking anywhere on campus, effective July 1, 2015. This policy covers pipes and all cigarettes including electric cigarettes, cigars, and cigarillos; the policy applies to all students, faculty, staff and visitors.
Effective July 1, 2015, smoking is prohibited in all indoor and outdoor areas and properties. For purposes of the policy, smoking means inhaling, exhaling, burning, carrying or possessing any lighted cigarette, electronic cigarette, cigar, cigarillo or pipe. Indoor areas and properties include, but are not limited to, all common work areas, elevators, hallways, College-owned property, -leased property, College-owned vehicles, –leased vehicles, garages, restrooms, cafeterias or dining areas, break rooms, conference and meeting rooms, and all other enclosed areas in the workplace. Outdoor areas include, but are not limited to, parking lots, grounds, rooftops, entrance and exit ways, and any other areas on the College campus.
Compliance with this policy is the responsibility of all members of the Spelman community. Members of the community (faculty, staff and students) are invited to assist in the implementation of the policy by respectfully informing individuals smoking of this policy. Repeated violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action.
Spelman College visitors are expected to comply with the smoke-free policy.
Spelman College is committed to assisting members of the community in smoking cessation. We recognize that quitting smoking can be a significant personal challenge. Employees who wish to quit smoking are encouraged to participate in a smoking cessation program. Employees interested in a program should contact our EAP provider, Magellan Behavioral Health, at 1-800-523-5668. Also, our healthcare provider, Cigna, Inc., offers smoking cessation programs. For more information, please contact the Office of Human Resources.
Students who wish to quit smoking are encouraged to contact Student Health Services at 404- 270- 5249 for medical treatment such as the nicotine patch, gum or chantix.
Additional resources on prevention and cessation programs are provided below:
The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line is a public health service funded by the Georgia Department of Public Health through the Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program (GTUPP). For additional information and resources, please contact GTUPP at 1-877-270-STOP (877-270-7867) English and 1-877-2NO-FUME (877-266-3863) Spanish, and 1-877-777-6534 (Hearing Impaired).
Smokefree.gov This is a free, comprehensive online program offered by the CDC. It offers optional texting with a counselor from the National Cancer Institute. 1.877.44U.QUIT (448.7848) or www.smokefree.gov, or http://smokefree.gov/apps-quitstart.
Quitnow This CDC program offers phone consultations as well as resources in the tobacco user’s local area. The program is free. 1.800.QUIT.NOW (784.8669) or www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking.
Become an Ex An individually tailored online program from National Alliance for Tobacco Cessation. Free to everyone at www.becomeanex.org
American Lung Association Not-On-Tobacco For ages 14-19, this course offers different sessions on quitting and staying quit. Group involvement is required. 1.800.LUNG.USA (586.4872) or www.lungusa.org, or www.lung.org/stop-smoking/how-to-quit.
Cigna Quit Today This phone program offers personal coaching, optional phone support groups, free nicotine replacement therapy and Health Rewards bonus points. Free to enrolled members of Cigna. Call 8663417.7848 or visit http://my.cigna.com/portal/portal/healthcare/programs/quit_today_tobacco_cessation.html.
Policy No. 505 Effective Date: 9/1/2000
Revision Date: 7/1/2015