Tobacco-Free Campus

Tobacco free at RRCC

 

State Executive Order Making RRCC A Tobacco-Free Campus on July 1, 2019

On November 2, 2018 the Governor of Colorado enacted an Executive Order making all State owned or leased buildings and grounds 100% tobacco-free. The campuses of the Colorado Community College System are covered by this order. On July 1, 2019 the policy will go into effect on the Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) campuses/properties. The information, below, has been provided to support students, staff, faculty and visitors in understanding and preparing for this policy change.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER?

The Governor’s Executive Order (B 2018 011) states that “sale and use of tobacco products, vaping products and e-cigarettes are prohibited in all buildings and on all grounds owned or leased by the state.” To read the full Executive Order visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dca/news/smoke-free-state-buildings-grounds

Not included in the order are nicotine replacement therapies (nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers, etc.) approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for tobacco cessation.

HOW WILL THIS AFFECT RRCC CAMPUSES?

RRCC is committed to providing an environment for students, faculty, staff, and guests that is conducive to learning and working and that promotes the health and well-being of all members of the community. As part of this commitment, RRCC campuses will be tobacco-free beginning July 1, 2019 in alignment with and support of the intention of the State Executive Order.

RRCC has formed a work group to organize educational opportunities, provide support and information to assist the campus community in preparing for this policy change. Having a campus environment where all staff, students, faculty and visitors are welcomed, valued and respected is of utmost importance. 

WHERE STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF, VISITORS CAN/CAN NOT USE ANY FORM OF TOBACCO:

Starting July 1, 2019, smoking and vaping in any form (cigarettes, pipes, water pipes/hookah, electronic smoking devices, etc.) and all other forms of tobacco use (use of chew, snuff, snus, dip, etc.) is prohibited on all properties of RRCC, including in buildings, parking lots, recreational areas, and all areas currently designated for tobacco use. Use is permitted only in areas that are not State/RRCC property. Reminder: The Cities of Arvada and Lakewood prohibits smoking/vaping at public transit waiting areas (bus stops/shelters, light rail platforms, etc.).

HOW THE POLICY WILL BE ENFORCED:

A workgroup has been formed to develop and implement activities and protocols to support compliance and respond appropriately to policy violations. It is the hope of campus leadership that punitive enforcement activities are rarely if ever needed. 

For additional information, contact: Karen York in Human Resources at RRCC (Lakewood Campus) 303-914-6570 or email Karen.York@rrcc.edu or Donna Viverette at Jefferson County Public Health, 303-275-7555 or email dviveret@jeffco.us.


Student Health & Counseling Center

The RRCC Student Health/Counseling CLinic as a resource for students and staff considering or working on quitting.


Resources for Quitting document

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