January 27, 2012
A CUNY wide policy prohibiting the use of tobacco products on all 24 CUNY campuses, including Queensborough Community College, will go into effect on August 27, 2012. The CUNY Policy prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products anywhere on or within the grounds and facilities of a campus.
Our awareness and education campaign, which will officially commence on January 27, is designed to notify members of the College community about the policy which will apply to faculty, staff and students, as well as to prospective students, members of our external community, friends, and visitors who attend campus events. The awareness campaign will continue through August 27, 2012 when the Queensborough campus will go entirely tobacco-free.
The awareness campaign will include tobacco-free messaging on our website www.qcc.cuny.edu, on digital signage, and on College materials, both paper and electronic The tobacco-free messaging is also being added to all publications currently in production, such as the student and faculty handbooks, brochures for internal and external audiences (KHRCA, QCC Art Gallery, QPAC and Continuing Education), Open House materials, flyers, posters and banners.
The messaging will go on the CUNYfirst homepage, and it will be added to all routine student communications and billing. Taking advantage of existing communications will minimize additional expenses associated with printing and postage costs.
I encourage you to add the messaging, as I have done, to the bottom of all your emails as part of the automatic signature. Our Academic Computing Center has posted instructions on our website www.qcc.cuny.edu/tobacco-free for those who would like to do so and need assistance.
The awareness and education campaign will also include information about support services available to people who want to quit smoking and/or the use of tobacco products and go tobacco-free by August 27th. The Office of Health Services will provide information and counseling as well as free nicotine patches and gum to those who request assistance. Anti-smoking kits are available and can be delivered directly to your home address.
I thank you in advance for your cooperation with the implementation and compliance with CUNY’s Tobacco Policy at QCC. Queensborough faculty, staff and students have a long tradition of respect for one another despite differences of opinion; I have no doubt that our community spirit will support responsible behavior and compliance with this health initiative.
Dr. Diane B. Call
E-mail Message to all students
on behalf of Ellen Hartigan, Vice President
for Student Affairs
QCC GOES TOBACCO-FREE ON AUGUST 27, 2012!!!
The CUNY Board of Trustees has approved a new policy that prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco anywhere within the grounds and facilities of all 24 CUNY campuses, beginning in the 2012 fall semester. CUNY’s tobacco-free policy was developed to create a safe and healthy working and learning environment for our students, staff and faculty out of respect for others and the environment.
What We're Doing to Help Our Students
We are offering FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) – patches and gum –through the New York State Department of Health! Please feel free to visit Health Services in the Medical Arts Building, Room MC-02 during regular office hours Monday through Friday for counseling and additional resources. For more information, please visit http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/tobacco-free/ which provides links on tobacco counseling, referrals and individual tobacco cessation messages. If you would like to share your related tobacco stories and be featured on the QCC website, kindly contact Ms Alice Doyle, Assistant Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications at ADoyle@qcc.cuny.edu.