Agency No-Smoking Policies
All of the health care agencies have a no smoking policy which will be enforced for students in clinical settings. Failure to comply with the agencies' smoking policies may result in a monetary fine against the medical center or with Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), a type I deficiency which could prevent accreditation. Butler students must adhere to agency smoking policies. Patients may be upset by the odor of smoke on caregivers' clothing, hair, etc. If faculty, staff, patients or family report concerns or problems due to odors on the student, the student may be sent home for the day.
Tobacco Free Campus Policy
For the purpose of this policy
With prior approval, theatre productions may be exempt from this policy when the use of simulated smoke or tobacco products is integral to a production or performance.
2. BACKGROUNG AND RATIONALE
The background and rationale of this policy is because 1) Butler Community College supports the health, safety, and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and visitors and 2) the Surgeon General has determined that the use of tobacco and exposure to second hand smoke cause preventable disease, Butler campuses must be free of tobacco and second hand smoke. Each year, more than 440,000 people die prematurely of diseases caused by smoking, accounting for 1 out of every 5 deaths in the United States (CDC 2010). In addition to creating health hazards, tobacco and smoke increase institutional cost, including the costs of paying for fire damage, cleaning and maintenance, property and health insurance, and absenteeism.
Butler Community College expects all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to comply with this policy. Members of the campus community may respectfully inform others of the policy to increase awareness and compliance. An individual who notes a violation of this policy should.
Repeat violations shall be dealt with according to extablished student, faculty, and staff codes of conduct, policy and procedures.
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Updated July 2014