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Tobacco-Free Campus TIMELINE
  • Effective July 24, 2003, the amended New York State Clean Indoor Air Act (Public Health Law, Article 13-E) prohibits smoking in virtually all workplaces, including restaurants and bars. The changes in the Act reflect the state’s commitment to ensuring that all workers are protected from secondhand smoke. Localities may continue to adopt and enforce local laws regulating smoking. However, these regulations must be at least as strict as the Clean Indoor Air Act.
  • In 2006, United States Surgeon General issues a report that states there is no safe level of second-hand smoke. A smoke-free environment is the only protection against exposure.
  • In 2008, the Cayuga College Cabinet – the president’s volunteer advisory group representing students, faculty and staff from both campuses – agreed that Cayuga should go tobacco-free for the health of all in the College community.
  • In 2009, the College Strategic Plan identifies tobacco-free campus as an action item under its goal to "support and encourage the professional growth, health, and wellness of members of the College community."
  • On August 19, 2009, the College Board of Trustees passes the Tobacco-Free Policy, which will be implemented beginning on January 1, 2010.
  • In November 2009, the College begins a publicity campaign, including new signage and posters on our campuses, and electronic communications to the campus and surrounding communities.
  • On January 1, 2010, Cayuga Community College became a tobacco-free campus. Tobacco use of any kind is prohibited anywhere on campus or college property.
  • In September 2010, the College hires a Tobacco-Free Consultant, who meets with students, faculty, and staff in public sessions to discuss their concerns and ideas; and helps lay the groundwork for changing the organizational culture to become tobacco-free.
  • In spring 2011, the Tobacco-Free Campus Committee is re-established to continue to work toward compliance of the policy and effective roll-out to campus communities in Auburn and Fulton and to visitors to both campuses.