C-GCC, along with other SUNY campuses, is proud to now 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 Joni Groll RN 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.