Vassar College’s new smoke-free, tobacco-free policy takes effect July 1, 2015.
The College has been preparing for the change since it announced its policy in 2013. The College collaborated with the Dutchess County Department of Health to both promote the new policy and to design plans for transitioning to smoke-free. Students and employees have been offered a full range of resources, both onsite and off-campus, to promote health education and smoking cessation.
Although buildings and residential houses have long prohibited smoking, this new policy includes all outdoor spaces within campus boundaries. The policy applies to all tobacco and smoking products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, snuff, chewing tobacco, and any non-FDA-approved nicotine delivery devices or products such as e-cigarettes.
“The health impacts of secondhand smoke are well-documented. We are doing this to ensure a healthy campus environment for the entire community,” said Christopher Roellke, dean of the college. “This includes students, faculty, employees, and visitors.”
By enacting this policy, Vassar joins more than 1,500 colleges and universities in the United States with similar policies, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation.
For more information, visit smokefree.vassar.edu .
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.