Last Modified: 2020-08-31
| Student Life
Effective August 31, 2020
Effective January 1, 2013, UMFK became a tobacco-free institution, prohibiting the use of any tobacco or non-FDA approved nicotine product, including smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes. This policy applies to all full-time and part-time staff, faculty, students, contractors, vendors, the local community, and visitors.
The University of Maine System (“UMS”) joins with the American College Health Association (ACHA) in supporting the findings of the U.S. Surgeon General that tobacco and nicotine use in any form, active and passive, is a significant health hazard. UMS further recognizes that secondhand smoke has been classified as a Group A carcinogen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). UMS supports the finding that smoking and the use of tobacco products is detrimental to the health and safety of everyone and thus promotes an environment where the students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors, and visitors are not exposed to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and are supported in efforts to live tobacco-free.
The success of this policy depends on the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of everyone. It is the responsibility of all members of a UMS campus community to comply with this policy.
II. POLICY STATEMENT
In compliance with Federal and State Laws, the University of Maine System is dedicated to providing students, staff, faculty, and visitors with a safe and healthy environment. As such, UMS offers tobacco and smoke-free communities.
This Tobacco and Smoke Free Policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors, and visitors. Organizers of, and attendees at public events, including, but not limited to, conferences, meetings, lectures, social events, cultural events and/or athletic events using university owned, leased and affiliated property are required to abide by the policy.
In addition to prohibiting smoking and the use of tobacco and nicotine products, and to best support a tobacco and smoke free lifestyle, UMS prohibits:
This policy prohibits the use of any smoking, tobacco and nicotine delivery products:
In addition, UMS encourages all students, employees and guests to be respectful and courteous to our community neighbors and avoid smoking within 20 feet of entryways, windows, vents and doorways, and any location that allows smoke to circulate back into a UMS owned, leased or affiliated building.
The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. Individuals are encouraged to consult with the appropriate office on their campus.
Everyone is required to comply with this system-wide Tobacco and Smoke Free Policy. Enforcement of this policy is viewed as a shared responsibility of all those in the campus community. Each campus is responsible for developing and communicating procedures for reporting and enforcing violations. The primary goal is to achieve voluntary compliance by educating students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors, and visitors about the policy and providing smoking cessation assistance, as applicable.
Members of the campus community who see violations of this policy are encouraged to share policy information and/or follow reporting procedures for their location.
Violations may be handled in the following manner: