Clinical Requirements

Non-Smoking Policy

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

  • Smoking is defined as the lighting, burning, or use of tobacco or any other material in any type of smoking device or equipment.
  • Tobacco includes but is not limited to smoking tobacco, chew snuf, snus, and dipping tobacco. The policy also prohibits the use of lit or unlit cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, clove cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs, bidis, blunts, cigarillos, smokeless tobacco or any item that simulates any of the previously mentioned products.

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.


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.


  1. Effective August 1, 2013, Butler Community College prohibits the use of tobacco by students, faculty, staff and visitors on its campuses.
  2. This policy applies to all previously mentioned tobacco products and all visitors, including vendors and contractors.
  3. The use of tobacco products is prohibited: In all interior spaces on Butler Community College campuses; On all outside property or grounds of Butler Community College campuses including partially encloses areas such as walkways and breezeways; In Butler Community College vehicles, including buses, vans, and all other College vehicles; In all indoor and outdoor athletic facilities associated with Butler Community College.
  4. Organizers and attendees at public events, are responsible for both communicating the policy to attendees and enforcing it.
  5. The College prohibits the campus-controlled advertising, sale, or fee sampling of tobacco products on campus.
  6. Campus organizations are prohibited from accepting money or gifts from tobacco companies.


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.

  1. Informally attempt to resolve the problem by requesting that the violator comply with the policy.
  2. If the informal attempt fails, contact the Office of Human Resources or Office of the Vice President of Student Services for referral to the appropriate administrative official.

Repeat violations shall be dealt with according to established student, faculty, and staff codes of conduct, policy and procedures.