Johns Hopkins University, MD Smoke-Free Policy

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Johns Hopkins University, MD, US

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Type: Policy

Status: Effective on 6/28/01

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A. Introduction
To enable The Johns Hopkins University to fulfill its role and responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, and students, it is essential to eliminate exposure to the toxic substances produced by tobacco smoke.

B. Facilities And Areas Affected

1. Smoking is prohibited inside all facilities owned, leased, or operated by The Johns Hopkins University in the contiguous United States, including (but not limited to) such space as classrooms, halls, laboratories, studios, open and private offices, corridors, dining areas, restrooms, and common areas. This prohibition also includes all vehicles owned, leased, or operated by the University. The president, deans, and/or directors may also designate, with appropriate signage, certain outdoor areas -- especially entrance ways -- smoke-free.

2. Smoking is also prohibited in the common areas of all residence halls and University-owned apartments, including (but not limited to) lounges, function rooms, cafeterias, hallways, lobbies, and restrooms.

C. The Use Of University Facilities By Outside Parties
All contracts and agreements will include a clause that states that The Johns Hopkins University is a smoke-free environment and, as such, prohibits smoking in all facilities for events including (but not limited to) conferences, meetings, seminars, concerts, colloquia, receptions, sporting events, and parties.

D. Tobacco Sales On University Property
Cigarettes, cigars, and pipe tobacco will not be sold at any facility, location, or vending machine owned, leased, or operated by Johns Hopkins University.

E. Progressive Counseling/Enforcement

1. While responsibility for the implementation and effectiveness of the policy lies with all Hopkins faculty, staff, and students, ultimate administrative responsibility to achieve University-wide compliance rests with deans, directors, and senior staff in charge of the various divisions, units, offices, and facilities.

2. To effect adherence, members of the Hopkins community must be willing to directly and politely inform those unaware of the policy, or remind those in disregard of it. If this approach and effort is unsuccessful, the individual in violation of this policy will be brought to the attention of the dean, director, senior staff member or other person in charge for further discussion and progressive counseling. Those who still do not comply will face corrective action consistent with the nature and seriousness of the continuing violation.

F. Smoking Cessation Programs
It is recognized that smokers who wish to stop smoking may require assistance and support. The University will sponsor smoking cessation programs and related health promotion activities to help faculty, staff, and students overcome their reliance on and addiction to nicotine.

G. The Importance of a University-Wide Commitment
For a smoke-free policy to be effective and successful, the commitment of The Johns Hopkins University must be visible, substantial, and total. It is essential, therefore, that the University support and articulate this policy at all levels by all means through all publications, announcements, advertisements, signs, and communications.