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Tobacco Free Policy- FAQ

Are other colleges and universities smoke-free?

Yes. At the time this policy was announced, SUNY and New York State have called for the ban of tobacco use from all 64 SUNY campuses. To date more than 60 colleges in New York have banned tobacco use.

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Are there designated smoking areas on campus?

No. MVCC’s campuses are tobacco-free as of Aug. 15, 2016. Smoking areas/shelters are not designated anywhere on campus grounds.

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Can I smoke inside my vehicle if it is parked in a college lot?

No. All tobacco materials must be discarded appropriately before coming to campus. Please respect local laws regarding trespassing and littering.

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Does this policy apply to all tobacco, cigars, pipes, even chewing/spit tobacco?

Yes. All forms of tobacco use and smoking products are affected in this policy.

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Does this policy apply to smoking cessation products?

No. Smoking cessation products specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration are exempt from the policy.

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How will the Tobacco-Free Campus policy be implemented and enforced?

MVCC’s primary goal is to achieve voluntary compliance with the tobacco-free policy by educating the college community about this policy. We also will provide smoking cessation assistance to faculty, staff, and students who wish to stop smoking. All members of the college community are responsible for respectfully communicating the policy to faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors who observe individuals using tobacco on college property are encouraged and empowered to respectfully explain that its use is prohibited or to address violation of the policy through the Public Safety Department or the Human Resources Department.

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What repercussions will I face if I am caught smoking on campus?

Violations will be handled through the respective disciplinary processes for students and employees or, in the case of visitors, Events Office procedures.
Visitors who continue to violate the policy following a warning may be escorted off campus.

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When does the Tobacco-Free Campus policy start?

Monday, Aug. 15, 2016

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Where can I get smoking cessation support?

Students may contact the MVCC Health Center and employees may contact the Office of Human Resources. A variety of resources are available online at

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Whom does this policy affect?

All MVCC and affiliates’ employees, students, contractors, vendors, and visitors must abide by the policy.

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