Tobacco- Free Policy
North Central Michigan College is dedicated to maintaining a healthy work and learning environment for all students, employees and visitors.
Effective August 1, 2011, the College prohibits the use of tobacco products by employees, students and visitors on the Petoskey campus except inside individual automobiles. The prohibition applies to all buildings and facilities, and all outdoor locations owned or controlled by the College. For purposes of this policy, tobacco is defined as any tobacco product that is smoked, chewed or consumed in any other fashion. Also included in this policy are electronic, nicotine-containing devices commonly referred to as “e-cigarettes.”
Products that are part of a smoking-cessation program, including patches or gum containing nicotine, are not banned by this policy.
The intent of this policy is to eliminate the potential for exposure to second-hand smoke and to encourage a healthy lifestyle for employees and students.
This policy applies to all College visitors, students and employees including faculty, staff and student employees. It is the responsibility of every member of the College community to comply with this policy.
Signs will be placed on campus to publicize and aid in the awareness of this policy.
During July 2011, signs will be posted on campus and printed materials will be made available to all faculty and staff. Students will receive an email explaining the policy. Policy handbooks for staff, faculty and students will be updated to include the policy. Information on smoking cessation will be made available.
Supervisors will be responsible for ensuring that their employees are in compliance. Compliance by visitors will be the responsibility of those they are visiting. Compliance by students will be the responsibility of Student Services.
This policy has the same weight as all other College policies and failure to comply could have the same consequences as failure to comply with any other College policy.
Tobacco Cessation Help
Employees with a MESSA insurance plan can access the MAYO Website at www.messa.org to enroll in "My Smoke Free Future." You will need to establish a username and password and access the 'EmbodyHealth' tab on the MESSA Website to use the MAYO Website programs. Also, any FDA-approved smoking cessation medication will be covered under the member’s prescription drug program.
Call the Michigan Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Phone Line at 800-537-5666 for a Smoke Free Worksite Kit. You can get a free Tobacco Quit Kit by calling 1-800-460-7848. The Tobacco Quit Kit includes five telephone sessions with a smoking cessation coach, printed materials and, if eligible, nicotine replacement therapy. You can call 7 AM to 3 AM. All Michigan residents are eligible.
You can check this program out at the MDCH Website at www.mi.gov/tobacco