Tobacco Free Policy FAQ

» What is Sage's Tobacco Free Policy?
» What is a college facility?
» Are Sage's outdoor areas covered by this policy?
» Who is affected by this policy?
» Whom should I contact if I have questions about the Tobacco Free Policy?
» Are there designated smoking areas on campus?
» Are campus parking lots and parking facilities considered tobacco free?
» How will the Sage community be notified of the Tobacco Free Policy?
» What should I do if I see someone using tobacco on Sage grounds?
» Doesn't someone have the right to smoke on campus?

Smoking Cessation Resources
» Where can I receive assistance in ending my tobacco use habit?
» How should I respond if Sage community members express interest in ending their tobacco habit?

Faculty, Staff, and Administrator Concerns
» How should supervisors communicate the policy to their employees?
» How will current tobacco users manage under the new policy?
» Are employees allowed to smoke in their personal vehicle?


What is Sage's Tobacco Free Policy?
The Sage Colleges are dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable, and productive living and work environment for our faculty, staff, administrators and students and a healthy, comfortable, and safe environment for our visitors. The Tobacco Free Policy prohibits the use of any and all tobacco products on Sage's institute facilities or property.

What is an college facility?
Any campus building, owned or leased, including but not limited to: private offices, lounges, dining areas, recreational facilities, all college owned, leased or rented vehicles, and any personally owned, leased or rented vehicles parked on Sage property.

Are Sage's outdoor areas covered by this policy?
Yes. These include all areas that provide access to the public or Sage community, such as sidewalks, lawn areas, athletic fields, building entrances, and parking lots.

Who is affected by this policy?
The Tobacco Free Policy applies to all employees, students, visitors, and vendors who are on property or in facilities owned and/or operated by The Sage Colleges.

Whom should I contact if I have questions about the Tobacco Free Policy?
All concerns and questions regarding the policy should be directed to the Department of Human Resources at 518-244-2391 or via e-mail at SageHR@sage.edu.

Are there designated smoking areas on campus?
The Sage Colleges will be tobacco free as of January 1, 2012. There will be no designated tobacco use areas on campus.

Are campus parking lots and parking facilities considered tobacco free?
Yes. All parking areas located on campus grounds will be covered under the Tobacco Free policy.

How will the Sage community be notified of the Tobacco Free Policy?
The policy will be announced and promoted broadly by the college's website and subsequently through campus publications and advertisements.

What should I do if I see someone using tobacco on Sage grounds?
Students, faculty, and staff who view any individuals using tobacco should politely inform and remind them of Sage's Tobacco Free Policy. They should be told that the policy prohibits the use of any tobacco product on Sage grounds. Persons who do not feel comfortable approaching someone using tobacco should contact their department supervisor, for employees, or the Dean of Students for students.

Doesn't someone have the right to smoke on campus?
There is no right to smoke or use other tobacco products under state or federal law. Sage is exercising its right to provide a safe, clean environment while still allowing its tobacco users to exercise their habit off campus.

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Smoking Cessation Resources

Where can I receive assistance in ending my tobacco use habit?
Please see the cessation resources link. There are several web resources as well as free smoking cessation groups available through Seton Health. The New York State Smokers' Quitline is also a source for free materials and support. That website is http://www.nysmokefree.com/. Any student wishing to end their tobacco habit can utilize the Wellness Center on either campus.

How should I respond if Sage community members express interest in ending their tobacco habit?
It will be very important to communicate that there are numerous free resources available. Additionally, it is important to support those individuals and let them know about the appropriate support systems on campus. All members of the campus community can obtain information and assistance through the New York State Smokers' Quitline Program http://www.nysmokefree.com/ or through their health care provider.

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Faculty, Staff, and Administrator Concerns

How should supervisors communicate the policy to their employees?
It is highly recommended that all supervisors speak with their subordinates about the new policy and encourage compliance. Supervisors should refer interested employees to the college's cessation related resources.

How will current tobacco users manage under the new policy?
Employees will be afforded the opportunity to utilize their allotted meal and/or break time to travel off campus. Employees will NOT be given additional meal or break time for smoking or tobacco use.

Are employees allowed to smoke in their personal vehicle?
As stated in the policy, all parking lots and parking facilities are considered Sage grounds. Smoking on these grounds is prohibited.

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