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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why are we becoming a tobacco free campus?

A: The scientific evidence on the health risks associated with tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke are well documented. By implementing the Tobacco Free Campus Policy, Butler Community College is seeking to enhance the health of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. The Butler Community College Board of Trustees approved the tobacco free campus policy to begin on August 1, 2013.

Q: Is a Tobacco Free Policy a violation of civil and Constitutional rights?

A: No. There is no Constitutional right to smoke or use tobacco. Tobacco users are not a category protected under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution, nor is tobacco use a protected liberty right under the Due Process clause of the Constitution.

Q: What areas of campus will the Tobacco Free Policy cover?

A: The new policy applies to all college owned properties including those leased to others as well as properties leased in their entirety to Butler. "Property" for purposes of this paragraph includes buildings, athletic and entertainment facilities (both indoors and outside), sidewalks, roadways, parking lots, and grounds. This includes Butler owned, rented or leased vehicles.

Q: Is there a designated smoking area(s)?

A: Designating a place to smoke or use tobacco does not support Butler‘s goal to create a healthier environment. In 2006, the U.S. Surgeon General stated that there is no risk–free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. In addition we are working to eliminate "triggers", like smoking Butler areas, that make smoking cessation difficult.

Q: If I choose to continue to smoke or use tobacco and do not have enough time to step off campus to smoke what am I supposed to do?

A: The College is aware that nicotine is a highly addictive drug and simply waiting until lunch–time or after work will be difficult for some. We encourage the use of a nicotine replacement product such as the gum or lozenge for times that are inconvenient to smoke or use smokeless tobacco.

Q: Why are electronic cigarettes or "e–cigarettes" not permitted?

A: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) describe these as a product that delivers nicotine and other chemicals and they have not been found safe for consumers to use. Butler would like to be consistent in their regulation of tobacco and/or similar products.

Q. If I see someone using tobacco on campus, should I approach them? What would I say?

A. If you feel comfortable about approaching a student, staff/faculty member, or visitor:

  • Be polite and friendly.
  • Assume the person isn‘t aware of the policy.
  • Explain tobacco use is not permitted on the BCC campus.
  • Empathize with the person‘s situation.

Q: What about the College‘s neighbors?

A: Butler asks that our students, faculty and staff help maintain a positive relationship with our neighbors that border the campus. We encourage you to respect other‘s property by not littering and not congregating in areas to smoke and thus creating a cloud that others must walk through. We will be reaching out to our neighbors and informing them of the upcoming policy and encouraging open communication if a problem arises.

Q: What are the consequences for violation of the Tobacco–Free Policy?

A: Violation of the Tobacco–Free Policy will be treated in the same manner as any other violation of Board or College Policy. For students, continued violations, may result in probation, suspension or expulsion. For employees, the progressive discipline policy as outlined in the Employee Handbook will be followed. Visitors and vendors are expected to comply with the policy. Violations will be taken on an individual basis, but may result in citations and fines for repeated violations.