C-GCC, along with other SUNY campuses, is proud to be a tobacco-free campus. We are committed to providing Students, faculty, staff and anyone visiting our campus a safe, healthy and productive environment.
At Columbia-Greene we understand that quitting smoking can be extremely difficult. We are more than willing to help make accommodations for those experiencing difficulties. Contact the Office of Health Services at 518-828-4181 extension 3202 for a full list of resources both on and off campus.
Information can also be obtained on www.nysmokefree.org which is the New York Smoker’s Quit Line. The Quit Line phone number is 1-866-697-8487. More information and resources about quitting can also be found at smokefree.gov.
Q: Is there a difference between tobacco‐free and smoke‐free?
A: ‘Tobacco-Free’ is a comprehensive term that means that no form of tobacco is allowed.
‘Smoke-Free’ means that smoke-less tobacco (chew, dip, snuff, etc.) is permitted. C-GCC is Tobacco-Free.
Q: Can I smoke in the parking lots?
A: Our whole campus is committed to maintaining a healthy environment. That means any property owned by the college or any college sponsored event is considered tobacco free.
Q: Can I smoke in my vehicle?
A: If your vehicle is parked on C-GCC property, no.
Q: Where can I smoke?
A: This policy doesn’t apply to public property
Q: Is a Tobacco Free Policy a violation of Civil and Constitutional rights?
A: No. There is no Constitutional right to smoke or use tobacco. Tobacco users are not a category protected under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution, nor is tobacco use a protected liberty right under the Due Process clause of the Constitution.
Q: Why are electronic cigarettes or “e-cigarettes” not permitted?
A: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) describe these as a product that delivers nicotine and other chemicals and they have not been found safe for consumers to use. C-GCC would like to be consistent in their regulation of tobacco and/or similar products.