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Tobacco-Free FAQ

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) will become a tobacco-free institution on July 1, 2015. The use of any tobacco products (including electronic cigarettes) will be prohibited on all college properties.

When this change is enacted on July 1, 2015, SKYCTC will join the 15 other colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and more than 900 other United States colleges and universities with tobacco-free policies and initiatives in place for the entire campus.

SKYCTC Tobacco-Free Initiative

When does the Tobacco-Free Initiative go into effect?

July 1, 2015

What type of training will be available to make employees and students aware of this initiative?

Information and resources pertaining to smoking cessation will be made available through campus sessions and online resources.

What does tobacco-free mean?

Smoking or the use of any tobacco product (including electronic cigarettes) is prohibited in all facilities and on the grounds of SKYCTC campuses.

Who is affected by this initiative?

The initiative applies to every person who comes to the SKYCTC campus, including visitors, faculty, staff, vendors, volunteers, students, and service representatives.

What is considered a tobacco product and therefore prohibited by this initiative?

Tobacco products include, but are not limited to, cigarettes (traditional and e-cigarettes), chewing tobacco, pipes, cigars, and snuff.

What areas of the Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College campus are included in the initiative?

Each of SKYCTC s six campus locations are included in the Tobacco-Free Initiative.

Do employees, students, and visitors have to quit using tobacco?

No. The college is not asking anyone to quit. This initiative simply means that no one can use tobacco products on a SKYCTC campus.

Can I use tobacco in my personal vehicle?

The Tobacco-Free Initiative states that tobacco is not to be used on campus, including personal vehicles.

Are other colleges and universities tobacco-free?

Yes. When this change is enacted on July 1, 2015, SKYCTC will join the other 15 KCTCS colleges and more than 900 other United States colleges and universities with tobacco-free and smoke-free policies and initiatives. Colleges in Kentucky that are currently tobacco-free include: the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, Morehead State University, and Bellarmine University.

What should I say to someone I see violating the initiative?

The following scripts are suggested messages people can share when they see someone violating the initiative:

Example Script #1: (after July 1, 2015)
Situation: You see a person using tobacco products on SKYCTC property.
Response: "Hello, my name is _______, and I am an (employee, student) here at SKYCTC. I want to make you aware that we are now a tobacco-free campus meaning that tobacco products are prohibited on our grounds. We would appreciate if you would not use tobacco products while visiting our campus. Thank you for your cooperation."

Example Script #2: (after July 1, 2015)
Question: "Where am I allowed to smoke?"
Response: "Smoking and other tobacco products are not allowed anywhere on the campus.
This is a new policy, put in place on July 1, meant to promote better health in our students and employees. If you need to smoke or use tobacco products you will need to leave the campus."

Example Script #3: (before July 1, 2015)
For Vendors and Visitors: "I'd like to let you know in advance that SKYCTC is going to be a tobacco-free environment as of July 1. Use of tobacco products will not be permitted on any property, grounds, or parking areas."

Example Script #4: (before July 1, 2015)
For registration, pre-admission, and office staff who are speaking to students and families prior to a campus visit: "I'd like to let you know in advance that SKYCTC is going to be a tobacco-free environment as of July 1. Use of tobacco products will not be permitted on any property, grounds, or parking areas."

What is Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College doing to help students and employees who want to quit using tobacco products?

SKYCTC will offer smoking and tobacco cessation classes in the future.

For employees: https://www.healthwise.net/humana/Content/StdDocument.aspx?DOCHWID=qtsmk#aa99125

I am interested in tobacco treatment resources, but I am not an employee or student at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College. What resources are available to me?

SKYCTC values the health and well-being of everyone who uses our facilities. If you use tobacco products and would like to quit, you may want to discuss with your physician or other health care provider which of the approaches are available.