The Great American Smokeout
November 16, 2019
Sponsored by Healthy Mocs and UTC School of Nursing - Please complete our survey, take a carbon monoxide test and pick up a free t-shirt and water bottle. UTC is working hard to go Tobacco-Free. Support our efforts.
National Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative
As of October 1, 2017, there were 1,713 smoke-free college campuses in the United
States, of which 1,427 -- around two-thirds -- were considered tobacco-free.
In November, 2016 - students from the School of Nursing (SON) and Student Government Association (SGA), along with supportive faculty and staff, participated in the National Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative's (NTFCC) 1Day Stand Against Tobacco in an effort to raise awareness about the dangers associated with tobacco and second-hand smoke.
Shortly after the NTFCC 1Day Stand Against Tobacco, a UTC grassroots committee was launched. This taskforce is pursuing changes in UTC's Tobacco Use policy. Student, faculty and staff advocates hope to start a conversation that ends in a healthier campus for all.
A brief survey was administered to 800 participating students on 1Day Stand Against Tobacco. We gathered the following information:
Faculty/Staff Survey: Tobacco-Free Campus
In January 2017, the taskforce for a Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative surveyed faculty and staff in an effort to gather thoughts and concerns about a tobacco free campus policy. The results can be viewed here.
If you have any questions about this survey, please email Carol-Oglesby@utc.edu.
Tennessee's Non-Smoker's Protection Act
In 2007, Governor Phil Bredesen signed the Non-Smokers Protection Act, which makes it illegal to smoke in most confined places where people work. However, this act did not include outdoor spaces. To adopt a smoke and tobacco-free policy, UTC faces many challenges. Successful implementation and enforcement depends on how this grassroots committee moves forward to meet the challenges set forth in Tennessee law.
UTC Tobacco Policy
This policy applies to all University officials, employees, students, and visitors.
Definition of Smoking
As used in this policy, “smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted cigar, cigarette (including an electronic cigarette), pipe, or other lighted tobacco product, in any manner or in any form.
Prohibited Areas for Smoking
- Smoking is prohibited in all buildings owned or operated by the University. This prohibition applies to all hallways, classrooms, laboratories, seminar/meeting rooms, offices, dormitories and other University-owned housing, restrooms, indoor and open-air athletic facilities, performance halls, parking garages, and all other spaces in University-owned or operated buildings.
- Entrances to all University buildings are designated as smoke free. Unless otherwise posted, smoking is prohibited within twenty-five (25) feet of all doorways, windows, and ventilation systems of all University buildings. Smokers are responsible for ensuring that all smoking activity, including the lighting and discarding of cigarettes, takes place a sufficient distance away from the doorways, windows, and ventilation systems of University buildings to avoid infiltration of smoke into the buildings.
- Smoking is prohibited in all motor vehicles owned, leased, or operated by the University. This prohibition applies to motor vehicles rented by the University, but it does not apply to motor vehicles rented individually by an employee for the purpose of University business travel.
- Notwithstanding anything in this policy to the contrary, Tennessee law prohibits smoking in all private motor vehicles when being used for the public transportation of children or as part of health care or day care transportation.
Compliance and Enforcement
- This policy on smoking shall be communicated in writing to all existing employees; all prospective employees upon their application for employment; all students; and all persons who violate the prohibition on smoking.
- University employees may report violations of this policy to their immediate supervisor, the next level of supervision, or the University employee directly responsible for the University facility in which the violation occurs. Violations also may be reported by employees, students, or others to the campus/institute human resources office or to the university-wide institutional compliance office (865-974-4438). Violations may be reported anonymously to the State Comptroller’s Fraud Hotline (800-232-5454).
- Any University employee who is found to have violated this policy may be subject to discipline as set forth in the University Policies HR0525 and HR0580.
- Any University student who is found to have violated this policy may be subject to discipline in accordance with campus procedures.
- Nothing in this policy shall be construed to limit a supervisor’s ability to establish, regulate, or limit employee work breaks, whether for smoking or otherwise.