Tobacco-Free Policy
Frequently Asked questions

1   Q: When does the new policy take effect?
     A: The new policy will take effect on August 1, 2008.
   
2   Q: What is the purpose behind this tobacco-free policy?
     A: The purpose of the policy is to create a safe, clean, and healthy environment for Students, Faculty and Staff and visitors to Montgomery College campuses and facilities. This includes concern about the effects of secondary smoke exposure on nonsmokers. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in this country, responsible for one in every five deaths. As a result, many institutions of higher education nationwide have gone tobacco free and are taking additional steps to protect students and employees.
   
3   Q: Will Montgomery College help to educate about the dangers of smoking?
     A: Yes, Montgomery College hopes to work with the Human Resources/Wellness and Health Enhancement, Exercise Science, and Physical Education offices to offer alternatives in health information, education, and smoking cessation classes for students, faculty and staff. Through public information, programs, resources and education about smoking, it is the College's goal to be supportive and help smokers be healthier.
   
4   Q: What was wrong with the previous 25' no-smoking policy?
     A: Given the close locations to campus buildings, the second hand smoke was reported to be still a health concern to many, and also reported that it often drifted into many classrooms and hallways near doors, and the litter was not respectfully discarded.
   
5   Q: Who is responsible for implementing and enforcing this policy?
     A: As educators, students or members of the community, we are all responsible for implementing and enforcing this policy.
   
6   Q: How will the tobacco-free policy be enforced?
     A: It will be enforced as with any other College policy violation. Faculty and Staff violating the policy are subject to the progressive discipline process outlined in the College’s Policies and Procedures Manual. Students are subject to the disciplinary actions outlined in the Montgomery College Student Code of Conduct.
   
7   Q: Are visitors to the campuses subject to the policy?
     A: Yes, the College expects that visitors will respect its policies.
   
8   Q: I usually park on the "MCPS" lot at Mannakee and Route 355, or Rockville Pike. That's not technically on campus. Can I smoke on that parking lot?
     A: No. The tobacco free policy extends to all College-owned or controlled leased facilities, including parking lot #13 across the street on Mannakee/Rt.355.
   
9   Q: Does this apply to all tobacco, cigars, pipes, even chewing/spit tobacco?
     A: Yes, all forms of tobacco use and smoking products are affected in this policy.
   
10   Q: I enjoy clove cigarettes and don't consider them as tobacco. They are so relaxing after class. Why can't I have one on campus?
       A: Clove cigarettes contain tobacco. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco are prohibited under the new tobacco free policy.

Contrary to popular belief, clove cigarettes, also called kreteks, contain tobacco they are made up of 60-70 percent tobacco and 30-40 percent shredded cloves (a spice). Considering their tobacco content, clove cigarettes are probably as harmful and dangerous as regular cigarettes. As a matter of fact, kreteks may hold even more risk than ordinary smokes. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), clove cigarettes produce at least twice as much nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide as regular American cigarettes brands.
   
11   Q: Can I smoke at the bus stop on campus?
       A: No. Smoking is prohibited in all indoor and outdoor facilities, including campus bus stops.