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First Day Back to a Tobacco-Free Campus is a Success

Tobacco-free first day
Staff and Gator wear bright yellow "this campus is tobacco-free" t-shirts to help get the word out. From left: Lansing Bryan, Chris Britton, Catherine Ushka and Katie Rose.

Supporting the launch of the new Tobacco Policy that went into effect Jan.1, staff members and students worked together donning bright yellow t-shirts and wrangling the Gator, to pass out information cards on the first day of class making sure students were aware of the policy and to answer questions.

A few smokers still lit up on campus, while most students the team spoke to were aware of the policy. We put what we've learned from Portland Community Colleges passive enforcement experience to the test. What we learned is that following the simple steps of S.M.O.K.E. is in fact effective. Tobacco users are not criminals, and treating them with disrespect, aggression, or superiority will not effectively support efforts to become a truly tobacco-free campus.

Below are a few do's and don'ts that will help you be prepared to aid with passive enforcement efforts:

  • Do remember that someone using tobacco is likely addicted; they are not smoking with the intent of offending you.
  • Don't raise your voice.
  • Do remind them of the policy and offer to help find information on resources about quitting and about the College policy.
  • Don't tell them what they have to do.
  • Do politely let them know that they need to put out their cigarette in order to be in compliance with the policy.
  • Don't forget to smile.
  • Do remember the steps outlined by S.M.O.K.E. and assist in passive enforcement efforts.

You can send your stories about efforts at passive enforcement to communigator@greenriver.edu so we can continue to share what works with the campus community.