Skidmore College became a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus on Jan. 1. Smoking and tobacco use —including the use of all e-cigarettes and vaping device —is prohibited throughout all of the college property, including outdoor areas.
“The smoke-free and tobacco-free policy promotes a culture of wellness and provides the community with a healthy, respectful working and learning environment by limiting the potential exposure of students, faculty, staff and visitors to the effects of secondhand smoke and by reducing the risk of fires,” said Cerri Banks, dean of students and vice president for student affairs. “In addition, the policy is in alignment with the college’s strategic goals which support health and wellness initiatives throughout our campus community.”
“We included e-cigarettes and vaping devices in the policy because nicotine in any form is highly addictive,” Banks said. “Our health and wellness staff are trained to advise those who are interested in breaking the dependency on nicotine products.”