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Tobacco-Free Campus Policy
The purpose of this policy and procedure is to provide guidelines for the implementation of a policy on
the prohibition of tobacco use on the Lamar State College – Port Arthur campus.
Lamar State College – Port Arthur seeks to provide a safe, healthy, pleasant environment for its faculty,
staff, students and visitors. Because there are no safe tobacco products, the logical action is to promote
a campus that is tobacco free. To this end, the use of tobacco products shall be prohibited in the Lamar
State College – Port Arthur campus buildings, grounds, and college vehicles. The policy extends to
faculty, staff, students, vendors, guests, and visitors. Tobacco use and second-hand smoke have been
identified by the Surgeon General to be the cause of preventable diseases. Lamar State College – Port
Arthur encourages students, faculty and staff to support and use tobacco cessation programs. In order
to support the health and welfare of visitors of all ages, Lamar State College – Port Arthur will be free of
tobacco use and second-hand smoke.
- Effective June 1, 2012, the use of tobacco products (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless
tobacco, and any other items containing or reasonably resembling tobacco or tobacco products)
by students, faculty, staff, and visitors are prohibited on all Lamar State College – Port Arthur
- The use of tobacco products (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, and any
other items containing or reasonably resembling tobacco or tobacco products) is prohibited:
In all interior spaces of all Lamar State College – Port Arthur properties;
On all outside property or grounds of the Lamar State College – Port Arthur campus
including parking lots, partially enclosed areas such as walkways, breezeways, and garages;
In Lamar State College – Port Arthur vehicles, including all vehicles leased for the purpose of
transporting individuals on College business.
The College premises for this purpose, includes any property in use by the College, property
leased or owned (including all grounds, buildings, facilities, vehicles, parking lots), property
used for official functions sponsored by the College; and property used by the College in the
conduct of any of its courses.
- The College prohibits the campus-controlled advertising, sale, or free sampling of tobacco
products on campus.
Littering the campus with remains of tobacco products or any other disposable product is
Organizers and attendees at public events, such as conferences, meetings, public lectures, social
events, cultural events and sporting events using Lamar State College – Port Arthur facilities will
be required to abide by the tobacco-free policy and procedure. Organizers of such events are
responsible for communicating the policy to attendees and for enforcing this policy.
Campus organizations are prohibited from accepting money or gifts from tobacco companies.
EDUCATION AND AWARENESS
The implementation of this policy is augmented by and education and awareness campaign that
may include but not be limited to:
- notification to prospective students and staff/faculty hires;
informational meetings, postings, and e-mail notifications;
publication in staff/faculty human resources manuals, student guides and handbooks, and
appropriate web sites;
educational campaigns employing classmates and colleagues;
ongoing smoking cessation programs;
establish culture of compliance through peer oversight.
- COMMUNICATION OF POLICY
Signs bearing the message “Tobacco-Free Campus” will be posted at each of the College
vehicular and pedestrian entrances (as applicable), and each building will display a decal that
states “Tobacco-Free Facility”. However, tobacco-free zones apply on all grounds and facilities
whether or not signs are posted. No ashtrays or smoking shelters will be provided on campus.
- TOBACCO USE AND CESSATION PROGRAMS
The College is committed to support all students and employees who wish to stop using tobacco
products. LSCPA will consult with appropriate health organization and resources to identify and
provide programs and opportunities for students and employees to access support systems,
programs, and services that encourage them to abstain from the use of and addiction to tobacco
Adherence to the policy cited above is the responsibility of all Lamar State College – Port Arthur
students, faculty, staff, and visitors. It is expected that all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to
campus comply with this policy. Members of our campus community are empowered to
respectfully inform others about the policy in an ongoing effort to enhance awareness and
encourage a society of compliance.
An individual who feels that there has been a violation of this procedure may invoke the
The individual should attempt to resolve the problem informally by requesting that the
individual comply with the policy.
If direct appeal fails and the behavior persists, the individual should contact the Office of
Human Resources or Office of the Vice President for Student Services for referral to the
appropriate administrative official.
Offenses shall be dealt with through established administrative/disciplinary policies and
- Students who violate this policy will be handled through the disciplinary process set out
in the Student Code of Conduct.
Employees who violate this policy will be referred to their supervisor and shall be
handled through the appropriate employee disciplinary process.
Visitors, volunteers, contractors, or other service providers who violate this policy will
be asked to leave campus.
- The American Lung Association - www.lungusa.org
The American Cancer Society - www.cancer.org
The Centers for Disease Control - www.cdc.gov/tobacco
Tobacco Free U - www.tobaccofreeu.org
My Last Dip - www.mylastdip.org
Kill the Can - www.killthecan.org
Become an Ex - www.becomeanex.org
National Cancer Institute’s Quit line - www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/smoking
Medline Plus® - www.nlm.nih.gov/medicineplus/quittingsmoking.html
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids - www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/smoking
Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program - www.giftoflifebmt.org
FRESH START - Tobacco Cessation Program
Want to stop smoking or stop using tobacco products? Make a FRESH START! Fresh
Start is a cessation program lead by trained, degreed health care professionals, and is
designed to assist anyone who desires to make a fresh start from tobacco.
TO REGISTER: Call 1-866-683-3627 (toll free)
COST: This program is offered at no cost!