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Effective September 1, 2016, smoking will be restricted to designated smoking areas (DSAs).

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What does restricting smoking mean?

This policy includes the restriction of any combustible product that is producing smoke, including but not limited to cigarettes (including hand-rolled), cigars, cigarillos or mini-cigars, pipes including improvised pipes, bongs, hookahs, and other similar devices or products.

Smoking means carrying a lighted or inhaling a lighted product or the burning of any material to be inhaled including, but not limited to, cigarettes (including hand-rolled), cigars, cigarillos or mini-cigars, pipes including improvised pipes, bongs, hookahs, and other similar devices or products.

What about e-cigarettes and/or vaporizers?

Because electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and/or vaporizers produce water vapor rather than smoke and have been found to be effective (although not approved by the FDA) as cessation devices, this policy allows outdoor use of e-cigarettes and/or vaporizers 25 feet or more from campus buildings. Research as of Fall 2015 indicates that the second hand impact of the vapor produced by e-cigarettes is minimal. This does not mean that e-cigarettes are safe, but rather that research suggests they are safer than tobacco cigarettes. If future research is published that indicates otherwise, this policy may be revisited. Please note that research indicates young adults who have never smoked tobacco cigarettes but begin using e-cigarettes may be more likely to transition to using tobacco cigarettes.

Indoor use of e-cigarettes is prohibited as the vapor can trigger or worsen respiratory conditions. (See additional research here and here.) Additionally, the vapor that is exhaled can set off smoke detectors and fire alarms. 

Reach and Compliance

This campus policy applies indoors and outdoors, to all property that is owned, operated, leased, occupied, or controlled by the College, including College owned vehicles. See Campus Map.

All College employees, students, visitors, guests, vendors, and contractors are required to comply with this policy, which shall remain in effect at all times. Failure to comply with this policy may be cause for disciplinary action in accordance with Employee Handbook or the Student Handbook’s Norms for Community Living and Policies. Refusal to comply with the policy by visitors, guests, vendors, and contractors may be grounds for removal from campus.

Exceptions include, but are not limited to:

Academic: The use of smoke-producing products in laboratory and classroom instruction or experiments as part of academic work, in compliance with established safety standards.

Cultural and religious practices: Specific activities used in connection with the practice of cultural activities including practices by American Indians that are in accordance with the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, 42 U.S.C. sections 1996 and 1996a allow for the use of combustible products. All ceremonial use exceptions must be approved in advance by the Office of Student Conduct, Rights, and Responsibilities by contacting oscrr@hampshire.edu.

Campus-sanctioned fire pits: See the Fire Safety policy on Open Fires or contact the Greenwich/Enfield Area coordinator at 413.559.5314.

Background

Becoming smoke-free out of respect for others and the environment will allow Hampshire College to increase overall community wellness and provide a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable campus for students, faculty, and staff. Just as people enjoy the health benefits of smoke-free air indoors, it is a natural next step to provide the same benefit outdoors.

A Smoking Policy Task Force was convened in fall 2015. The task force included students and staff representatives from wellness promotion, health services, residence life, and other campus offices; the task force also included smokers and nonsmokers. 

Feedback and data were collected from an online feedback form, Hampshire’s own Student Satisfaction Survey, and the National Collegiate Health Assessment (a national survey). The Smoking Policy Task Force held five open meetings to present data and feedback, discuss the policy change, and gather additional community feedback and input. The smoking policy was also discussed at all staff meetings and in several other settings. 

The Smoking Policy Task Force presented three policy options to the vice president for student affairs and to the Student Life Committee of the board of trustees. The policy options were based on survey data, community feedback, policy research, and the implementation strategies of other campuses. The policy options presented by the Smoking Policy Task Force were as follows: a) become completely smoke-free, b) become smoke-free with an exemption for personal vehicles, or c) become smoke free with permission to smoke only at designated smoking areas, which the understanding that the efficacy and number of designated smoking areas would be reviewed annually. At the recommendation of the vice president for student affairs and Student Life Committee, the board of trustees endorsed going smoke-free with permission to smoke only at designated smoking areas. The number and location of designated smoking areas will be reviewed annually. 

Additionally, Wellness Promotion and health and counseling services will continue to offer smoking cessation resources for students. 

Recommendations and notes from previous smoking policy committees have been archived on this page. Additional information about other campus initiatives and national public health efforts can be found here:

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