Tobacco-Free Campus

FAQ - Tobacco-Free Campus

Tobacco-Free Campus

Who does this policy affect?

The policy applies to anyone on a CWI campus:   Students, faculty, staff, visitors, vendors, contractors, etc.

How will CWI enforce the new policy?

The College is promoting a “respectful community” approach to educating and notifying students, employees, and the public about the new policy. CWI is striving to be educational and supportive, rather than confrontational. Any disciplinary measures will be reserved for repeat and intentional infractions, or infractions that interfere with the College's academic or workplace needs or responsibilities, consistent with applicable policy and procedures and the Student Code of Conduct. Visitors who fail to comply with the policy may be prohibited from remaining on, or returning to campus.

Are there any designated smoking areas on campus?

Until Jan. 1, 2015, smoking will only be allowed in designated areas. Per CWI’s policy, the use of electronic/vapor cigarettes, burning of any type of pipe, cigar, cigarette, or similar product, and chewing tobacco is prohibited in all campus buildings as well as in all vehicles owned, leased, or rented by the College.

The use of electronic/vapor cigarettes, burning of any type of pipe, cigar, cigarette, or similar product, and chewing tobacco is also prohibited within 50 feet, (approximately 20 paces), of all campus buildings. Organizers and attendees of public events held at CWI facilities, such as conferences, meetings, public lectures, and social and cultural events must also abide by the College’s Smoking Restrictions Procedure.  

Can I smoke electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)/vapor cigarettes on campus?

Electronic/vapor cigarettes are only allowed in designated smoking areas and subject to all of the College’s smoking restrictions. 

Can I still smoke near the entrances to college buildings as long as I stay at least 50 feet away?

Until Jan. 1, 2015, smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas, and must be at least 50 feet from entrances to all CWI buildings. This includes the use of electronic/vapor cigarettes. After Jan. 1, 2015, smoking, the use of any tobacco products, and electronic/vapor cigarettes will be prohibited on any CWI campus.

Can I smoke in my car?

Smoking is permitted in your vehicle and will continue to be allowed after the new Tobacco-Free policy takes effect Jan. 1, 2015. Please continue to be respectful of the CWI community and dispose tobacco waste appropriately.

Can I smoke in a CWI vehicle?

The use of electronic/vapor cigarettes, burning of any type of pipe, cigar, cigarette, or similar product, and chewing tobacco is not allowed in any vehicle leased, rented, or owned by CWI.

Why is CWI going tobacco free?

The CWI Board of Trustees has adopted this policy to help provide a healthier learning environment for employees, students, and guests of the College. Scientific evidence proves smoking tobacco is hazardous to both active smokers and non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke. Each year in the United States, smoking accounts for an estimated 443,000 deaths and secondhand smoke causes an estimated 50,000 deaths from heart disease and lung cancer. Plus, for countless others, it's a respiratory and nasal irritant, and an allergen. The use of tobacco in other forms is also hazardous. The policy is also a result of the efforts of students, faculty, and staff who urged CWI to join hundreds of other colleges and universities around the country that are smoke and/or tobacco free.