1. Introduction
    Texarkana College has a vital interest in maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, and visitors. The purpose of this policy is to reduce harm from secondhand smoke, provide an environment that encourages persons to be tobacco-free, establish a campus culture of wellness, reduce health insurance and health-care costs, and promote a tobacco-free future.
    The 2006 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report states that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Breathing secondhand smoke for even a short time can be harmful and set processes in motion such as cancer, heart disease, or respiratory conditions.
  2. Definitions
    For purposes of this policy:
    1. “E-cigarette” means any electronic oral device, such as one composed of a heating element, battery, and/or electronic circuit, which provides a vapor of nicotine or any other substances, and the use of inhalation of which simulates smoking. The term shall include but not limited to any such device, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, or under any other product name or descriptor.
    1. “Tobacco Product” means all forms of tobacco, including, but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes (hookah), electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products.
    1. “College Community” includes faculty, staff, students, volunteers, vendors, and other persons on campus.
  3. Policy
    1. This policy applies to all members of the College community.
    1. For areas located within Bowie and Cass Counties, the use of all tobacco products is prohibited on all property that is owned, operated, leased, occupied, or controlled by the College, except as otherwise provided in Section IV – Exceptions and limitations.
      1. The use of tobacco products is prohibited
        1. in all Texarkana College vehicles.
        1. in any vehicle that is leased or rented by Texarkana College.
        1. in all private vehicles parked on property owned or leased by Texarkana College.
        1. in all buildings owned, leased, or rented by Texarkana College.
    1. Complaints concerning employees of the College should be brought to the attention of the employee’s immediate supervisor or the Director of Human Resources.
    1. Complaints concerning students should be brought to the attention of a campus police officer, who may refer the matter to the Dean of Students. Any official actions taken will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
    1. Significant signage will be posted throughout the campus to inform members of the College Community and its visitors of the Tobacco Free Campus Policy.
    1. The College District shall offer and promote prevention and education initiatives that actively support non-use of tobacco products and address the risks of all forms of tobacco use.
    1. The College President, or designee, shall develop administrative regulations and procedures as necessary to implement this policy, including enforcement and disciplinary consequences.
  4. Exceptions and Limitations
    1. The use of tobacco products may be permitted for educational and clinical purposes with prior approval of the Vice President of Instruction or designee.
    1. Tobacco use may be permitted on properties the College owns but leases or otherwise conveys an interest to a non-College party according to the provisions of the Applicable lease or agreement, and with the prior approval of the College President or designee.