Q: Why a tobacco-free college?
A: The health and safety of faculty, staff, students, and visitors is a top priority for North Idaho College. The Surgeon General of the United States has determined that tobacco smoking is the nation’s leading preventable cause of premature death and disability. Tobacco smoke is hazardous to the health of smokers and non-smokers alike. To promote a safe and healthful work environment, North Idaho College will adopt this policy to encourage smokers to reduce or eliminate the consumption of tobacco, and to protect non-smokers from exposure to tobacco smoke.
Q: What about smoking on sidewalks on and around college?
A: North Idaho College controls all sidewalks on campus, whether next to the road or not. Therefore smoking guidelines applies to sidewalks on or around the perimeter of campus.
Q: Is there a clear defined designated smoking area for employees, students, and visitors?
A: No. Providing a place to smoke does not support the college’s goal to create a healthier environment. The majorities of smokers self-report a strong desire to quit smoking, but are unsuccessful in their efforts each year. North Idaho College is working to eliminate the triggers – like designated tobacco use area – that makes tobacco cessation difficult.
Q: Isn’t smoking a personal, legal right?
A: Court rulings maintain that tobacco users do not have the legal right to expose others to second hand smoke, a Class A carcinogen, and they are not entitled to protection against discrimination as “addicts” or as “disabled persons”.
Q: How are the Tobacco Free Guidelines going to be enforced?
A: In large part Student Leaders, Tobacco Free Supporters, and Campus Safety will provide information reminding them of our Tobacco Free Guidelines. The Vice President of Business Office and Resource Management has committed to providing support for the enforcement of the Tobacco Free guidelines. Campus Safety officers would be the ones to enforce the guidelines when needed.
Q: Will fines or tickets be issued to those who violate the Tobacco Free policy?
A: Not at first. These guidelines relie on the mutual respect and courtesy of the NIC Community. After a trial period, a committee can evaluate the necessity of issuing warnings or fines. If fines are instated it is with the intention that the funds that generate the tickets will be used towards helping support the cessation programs.
Q: Will smoking permitted on the beach front?
A: No. Smoking is not permitted on the beach. The guidelines state that smoking is not permitted on campus property, and that includes the beach front.