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Tobacco Free FAQ

The Ashland Community and Technical College campus became completely tobacco-free on all campus grounds and parking areas on August 1, 2011. The tobacco-free policy applies to all areas of campus prohibits the use of all tobacco products on all grounds and parking areas (traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes, cigars, snuff, etc.

When this change was enacted on August 1, 2011, ACTC will join more than 600 other United States colleges and universities with tobacco-free policies in place for the entire campus, indoors and out.

When did the tobacco-free policy go into effect?

August 1, 2011.

What type of training is being done to make employees and students aware of this policy?

Members of the Tobacco-Free Task force have been presenting to, and interacting with, a wide variety of both students and employees. There will be more forums and discussion opportunities in the future.

What does tobacco-free mean?

Smoking or use of any tobacco product is prohibited in any facility or on the grounds of the Ashland Community and Technical College.

Who is affected by this policy?

The policy applies to every person who comes to the Ashland Community and Technical College campus, including visitors, faculty, staff, volunteers, students, and service representatives.

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

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

What areas of the Ashland Community and Technical College campus are included in the policy?

Each of Ashland Community and Technical College’s three campuses are included in this policy.

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

No. The college is not asking anyone to quit. This policy simply means that no one can use tobacco products on an Ashland Community and Technical College campus.

Can I use tobacco in my personal vehicle?

The Tobacco-Free Policy states that tobacco is not to be used on campus, including personal vehicles.  However, for a brief period of time, the college will allow tobacco usage in personal vehicles as a period of adjustment.

Are other colleges and universities tobacco-free?

Yes. When this change is enacted on August 1, 2011, ACTC will join more than 600 other United States colleges and universities with tobacco-free free and smoke-free policies in place for the entire campus, indoors and out. Campuses in Kentucky that will be going 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 policy?

The following are suggesting scripted messages others are encouraged to say when they see someone violating the policy:

Example Script #1:
Situation: You see a person using tobacco products on ACTC property.
Response: "Hello, my name is _______, and I am an (employee, student) here at ACTC.  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:
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 August 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:
For Vendors and Visitors: "I'd like to let you know in advance that ACTC is going to be a Tobacco-Free environment as of August 1. Use of tobacco products will not be permitted on any property, grounds, or parking areas.

Example Script #4:
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 ACTC is going to be a Tobacco-Free environment as of August 1. Use of tobacco products will not be permitted on any property, grounds, or parking areas.

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

ACTC has held smoking and tobacco cessation classes in the past, and will continue to offer those classes in the future.  Additionally, you may check out the resources page at: ashland.kctcs.edu/tobacco-free/resources for more resources to quit using tobacco products.

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

The Ashland Community and Technical College values the health and well-being of everyone who uses our facilities. If you use tobacco products and would like to quit, discuss with your physician or other health care provider which of the approaches may work best for you.

You may also check out the resources page at: ashland.kctcs.edu/tobacco-free/resources for more resources to quit using tobacco products.