5.17 – Tobacco Free Campus

Part 1: Policy Statement. Lake Superior College is committed to creating a clean, safe and healthy learning and working environment, for all students and employees of the College.

Subpart A: Tobacco Product Usage and Distribution. Smoking, tobacco use, and tobacco sales (including the use or sales of smokeless tobacco products) are prohibited on college owned, operated, and leased property.

Part 2: Definitions.

Subpart A: Smoking. Defined as inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or other product intended for inhalation, in any manner or form. Smoking also includes use of vapor creating products, designed for inhalation, or the use of any oral device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking in this Policy.

Subpart B: E-Cigarette. Refers to any electronic oral device, such as one composed of a heating element, battery, and/or electronic circuit, which provides a vapor of nicotine or any other substances for inhalation. The term shall include any such device, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, or under any other product name or descriptor, but does not include any product specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in medical treatment, such as an asthma inhaler.

Subpart C: Smokeless Tobacco Products. Smokeless tobacco consists of, but is not limited to, the use of snuff, chewing tobacco, smokeless pouches, or other forms of loose leaf tobacco.

Part 3: Cessation Programs and Services. To support Lake Superior College students and employees who wish to reduce and/or quit using tobacco products, a variety of tobacco cessation resources and services are available through the Health Services Office.

Part 4: Enforcement. Enforcement of this policy will depend upon the cooperation and encouragement of all faculty, staff, and students.

In the case of violation, the person will be informed of the Tobacco Free Campus policy.  Should violation persist beyond first warning, the aggrieved party should contact the appropriate office:

1. Employees: contact immediate supervisor
2. Students: citation issued by Campus Security
3. Visitors: contact Campus Security.

Part 5: Exceptions.

Subpart A: Instructional Purposes. Refer to the use of tobacco or related products in laboratory, classroom, instruction, experiments, or other artistic purposes that are College sanctioned. All said purposes must be approved by the President or his/her designee. Such uses will require reasonable advance notice to the public.

Subpart B: Protected Class. This policy does not apply to specific activities of a protected class, as defined by Federal law, used in connection with the practice of characteristic activity. This includes those of American Indians that are in accordance with the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, 42 U.S.C. sections 1996 and 1996a.  All ceremonial use exceptions must be approved in advance by the President of the College or his/her designee.

Date Implemented: January 2008

Date Updated: March 25, 2014