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Questions and Answers

Please see the Tobacco-Free Campus Policy for detailed information.

When will the College of Charleston implement the tobacco-free policy?

The Board of Trusteees approved the Tobacco-Free Campus Policy during their meeting on October 18, 2013. The Policy will go into effect on July 1, 2014.

Will there be any smoking approved areas on campus?

No. Tobacco products are prohibited in all areas of the campus.

Can I smoke in my car?

Yes, provided that the windows and doors of the personal vehicle are closed and that tobacco waste products are stored in the vehicle and disposed of at off-campus locations.

I am trying to quit with the use of electronic cigarettes. Can I smoke my electronic cigarette on campus?

Congratulations on trying to quit. But no, electronic cigarette smoking is prohibited.

We have events that are open to the public. Can our guests smoke?

If the event is held on campus, smoking is prohibited.

Are there any exceptions?

The President of the College (or the President's designee), may permit limited exceptions to the policy. 

No, the policy is inclusive of the campus community and members of the general public.

What should I do if I see someone smoking?

Politely introduce yourself and state your role at the College. Ask "Are you aware that we don't allow the use of tobacco products of any kind on campus? Please be so kind as to put out your _____ and dispose of it. Thank you so much for your willingness to keep the College of Charleston tobacco-free. 

So what if they don't stop smoking after I politely explain the policy?

If you feel uncomfortable with explaining the policy, or if the person refuses to put out the tobacco product, contact Public Safety.