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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 has been in effect since 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, the use of electronic cigarettes of any kind is prohibited.

The College has events that are open to the public. Can our guests smoke?

If the event is held on the College of Charleston campus, smoking or any use of tobacco products is not allowed.

Are there any exceptions?

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

Other than those exceptions expressly permitted by the President or his designee, no. The policy is inclusive of the entire 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 the person (or persons) if they are aware that the use of tobacco products of any kind is not allowed on campus. And tell them to please be so kind as to extinguish or stop using the device. Afterwards, it's always a good idea to thank these individuals for their willingness to help 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 stop their use of the tobacco product, you can contact Public Safety.