Wednesday, November 18, 2015

No Tobacco or Vape Anywhere on any Campus in 2016

After January 1, 2016, Volunteer State Community College will prohibit the use of tobacco on any campus property for all students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors. The use of tobacco and vaping (e-cigarette) products will be prohibited in college buildings and on college grounds, including parking areas, walkways and buildings.  This does include any vehicles located on campus property on campus locations in Gallatin, Springfield and Livingston. 
Prohibited products include:

·         Cigarettes
·         Cigars
·         Tobacco Chew or Snuff
·         Clove Cigarettes
·         Electronic Cigarettes (Vaping)
·         And all other products that are smokable substances and/or use tobacco
The tobacco-vape-free policy is a part of Vol State’s commitment to creating a healthy and sustainable environment for all members of our campus community and is designed to be positive and health directed.  Individuals noticing violations of the policy should strive to be non-confrontational and respectful to tobacco or vape users when communicating our policy.  Additionally, tobacco or e-cigarette users are expected to adhere to the policy and likewise be respectful to the remainder of campus.  Enforcement of the policy will be achieved primarily through education, awareness and a spirit of cooperation.
Vol State is not requiring faculty, staff and students to quit using tobacco products; however, we do expect the policy to be followed while on Vol State property, and we are offering support to our students and employees who wish to stop using prohibited products. 


For more information and tips on how to stop using tobacco, please visit www.volstate.edu/tobaccofree

25 comments:

Unknown said...

This is a pretty dumb, discriminatory policy that stands to be purely political correct rather than for the sake of second hand smoke/vape. We already have designated smoking areas. Many of us smoke for reasons of anxiety, especially when dealing with midterms, finals, and even day to day classes. Smoking thousands of feet away from campus buildings is more than sufficient to be politically correct. At least give students one or two designated smoking areas on far ends of the campus. Again, purely discriminatory against perfectly fine, valued students. Shame.

Unknown said...

This is a pretty dumb, discriminatory policy that stands to be purely political correct rather than for the sake of second hand smoke/vape. We already have designated smoking areas. Many of us smoke for reasons of anxiety, especially when dealing with midterms, finals, and even day to day classes. Smoking thousands of feet away from campus buildings is more than sufficient to be politically correct. At least give students one or two designated smoking areas on far ends of the campus. Again, purely discriminatory against perfectly fine, valued students. Shame.

Anonymous said...

Ok, how exactly is it right to ban all vaping on campus, when some of us have busy school schedules with long hours where it becomes very stressful, and the only reason the past smokers don't go back to cigarettes is in fact vaping. The vapor is harmless to others and poses no known health problems to those who inhale both firsthand and secondhand vapor. Vaping should be the one thing kept for parking lot use. It's ridiculous to know that others are starting to look down upon the healthiest alternative to smoking, and the fact that it's not "Safe" enough to do on campus is completely and utterly moronic.

Anonymous said...

About time! THANK YOU. The smokers are disrespectful and do NOT stay in the designated areas anyway. Now they'll be GONE & I for one, will NOT miss them or the smoke!

Anonymous said...

This is unacceptable!!!! I like to dip and it makes me feel so right. i just love the way all the juices flow and burst in my mouth

Anonymous said...

You really think this is gonna stop anything ? Maybe lose business when everyone says screw this school. Maybe they just won't care and continue anyway, it's not a crime to have smoked just be in possession. Therefor this whole rule is stupid and won't solve anything.

Jason C said...

You people are really using discrimination as a defense? Do you realize how ridiculous that sounds. Smoking is not a right it is a privilege. Do people who not smoke have the right to say they do not want to be around it? You lose standing when your personal decisions affect others. Smoking does affect others. As for vaping, I personally do not care about that. But please stop the stupidity, discrimination....really? I do dip, which does not affect others. If the school chooses to ban it from campus, that is their choice. Again stop being dumb and blindly following the masses of people who cry discrimination over everything. This is college, its time to grow up and put your big kid panties on. We have real world problems and you all want to cry about this.. Your priorities fall directly in line with the majority of the weak mindless people in the US.

Dave Rumbaugh said...

I'd like to know the science behind the banning of vaping. We all know cigarette smoke has numerous poisons in it. There is scientific studies to back that up. Just what studies have found harmful content in WATER VAPOR.??

Unknown said...

This is so hypocritical just because most of the faculty don't agree with smoking they are gonna all vote and ban this. But I bet you if they were the ones who were smoking they wouldn't ban it altogether. Were are our freedom of rights? This is the USA? We'll sure doesn't seem like it. So much for freedom. More like power to those in authority and no popular vote and say, but we are the ones paying to go to school there..

Anonymous said...

That's ridiculous. "Not even in your cars" proves this is a discriminatory act. No one's health is being affected if someone smokes in their car, or even in the parking lot. It was already an act of shaming to oust students to a medium in the parking lots, not even a bench in sight. Spirit of cooperation? I don't think so. You waited until last minute to spring this arbitrary rule on the students, after registration, deliberately. You didn't give students a voice in this. Most are here having to post and protest anonymously for fear of retribution.

Shame on you for shaming them.

Anonymous said...

I'll still smoke on campus. I guarantee all other smokers will too. Ridiculous. It's not like people are going up to other campus-goers and exhaling right in their face.

kunlex said...

You either stay and abide with the new policy or you drop out and find a smoking school. This is "volstate" we are gathered here to learn and to educate each other besides smoking pose a serious health hazard to every individual in the society. Go Vols!!!

kulex said...

@ anonymous 1:06pm If You dare smoke, You'll face the consequences of violating the school policy. and to others bashing and criticizing my school for this New law I hope You find another school with a bunch of "Wet heads."

Anonymous said...

VolState is not the first college to issue such a policy. In fact, over 500 colleges in the United States to date have instituted campus wide bans on smoking and other tobacco use. You do not have a right to smoke on property you don't own, even if it's in your car. VolState is not required to provide you with a "smoke area" with benches and shelter. Smoking/vaping/chew/snuff in my opinion, is nasty. I hate walking through the smoke and seeing people's chew "spit bottles."

Anonymous said...

I'm not a smoker, vaper, or any other type of tobacco user, but this policy is a little harsh and absurd. To not even allow tobacco use in the users car makes no sense, but clearly this school is all about getting money from the government, and I'm sure this looks good for federal grants, so three cheers for a beurocratic sellout school that doesn't care for its students' opinions

Anonymous said...

Okay if a hospital or a emergency center doesn't have this rules then it shouldn't apply in a college. Not being able to smoke in your own car lol that's hellarious. What is this quarrentine..,, lol they actually think they have the authority to tell you that you can't dip in your own car. Please take this to court it would be so funny. I just came to America what's going on with the rights in this country.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 1:06pm. Actually... I HAVE seen people here at Vol State go up to other people and blow smoke in their face. I had to walk through a huge cloud of it just trying to get to another class. There are many people who go to this school who might have asthma or other serious breathing issues, and that's why it's important to only smoke in designated areas. You and the others who say "Screw you, I'll still smoke, nobody can tell me what to do!" are incredibly childish and selfish. Smoking is not a right, it is a privilege, and smoking—even VAPING—can be incredibly threatening to a classmate. You don't know everything, even if you like to pretend you do. It's not about you. It's not about discrimination. Go back to Tumblr if you want to whine about it.

Anonymous said...

We pay or earned our way (in the form of good grades for scholarships) to go to school here. The students did not get a vote in this, probably just the faculty. Vaping hurts no one. I could understand not vaping in parking lots or on walkways and stuff because vape produces large clouds that blow in other people's faces. But we can't even do it in our own cars?

Dr. Snuff said...

Ummmmmmmm My TRUCK is MY PRIVATE PROPERTY which was issued by the State of Tennessee. If I would like to keep my tobacco in my truck I will. There is nothing they can do about it. I mean vaping really it is harmless. Dipping will have no effect on any other students except the ones that want to do it. Smoking if you don't want to deal with it don't go to the smoking areas. Plain and simple. @kulex don't try to act like you are trying to enforce anything when you are the one discriminating on ones who use tobacco calling them "Wet Heads." Half of your faculty and staff probably smoke half a pack a day and use other products. Doesn't make you look like a better person. It's just another way for people to be fined so they can make money. After they realize how many people use tobacco products and won't abide by the rules they will change it real quick, because their is to many people who do it.

Anonymous said...

I see professors smoking... I wonder what they are going to do. I bet they will continue to smoke. No one is going to follow this idiotic rule, especially since there are no consequences.

Anonymous said...

The school is absolutely discriminating against tobaco users. The definition of discrimination is:

"the practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people"

Vol State is unfairly treating tobacco users. I get not allowing people to smoke on walkways or near buildings. But having dedicated smoking areas (like they already do) doesn't harm anyone. It's pretty obvious someone high up in the school has a thing againts people who use tobacco when you can't dip or smoke/vape in your car. Who is that hurting? Absolutely nobody. Especially dipping, no one would even notice someone dipping unless they paid attention.

This new rule serves absolutely no purpose and will not be followed. There are zero punishments for not following it. A better thing to do would be forcing people to use the smoking areas, and have some kind of fine if people smoke somewhere else (while still allowing use in your car).

Anonymous said...

@AnonymousI "HAVE seen people here at Vol State go up to other people and blow smoke in their face."

That is awful and nobody should be doing that. But if you think this new policy will stop people from smoking/vaping, you are wrong. There are no punishments/fines for using tobacco on school property. Just "Individuals noticing violations of the policy should strive to be non-confrontational and respectful to tobacco or vape users when communicating our policy".

This whole policy is ridiculous. Allow people to smoke in designated areas and their cars. Actually fine people who don't obey the policy. There, problem solved.

Unknown said...

I total agree with you

Unknown said...

I total agree with you

Anonymous said...

This is RIDICULOUS! Whether people love to see it or not, I LOVE the way my smokeless tobacco is placed in my jaw while wet juices run down my chin. That defines me as a person and I wont let some SCHOOL take that away from me. I love to spit the brown, succulent juices all over the school lawn and this policy takes that freedom away from me. I will fight , Fight, FIGHT until this policy is removed. Fellow tobacco users, we will take this to the SUPREME COURT if need be. Vol State is what it is today because of outstanding tobacco users that have previously attended, especially dippers like myself. #copeforever #tittiesforspitties