Dec 05, 2022  

General Information

Smoking and Tobacco Use Policy
11:01:00 Smoking and Tobacco Use Policy


  1. Chattanooga State Community College recognizes the increasing weight of scientific evidence that smoking is harmful not only to the "active" smoker but also to the "passive" smoker who is exposed to others' smoke. Smoking is defined as the lighting or carrying of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, or similar device, such as, an electronic smoking device. Electronic smoking device is defined as an electronic device that can be used to deliver nicotine or other substances to the person inhaling from the device, including, but not limited to, an electronic cigarette, cigar, cigarillo, pipe or tobacco alternative vaporizing/vapor producing device. The use of mouth tobacco (to include dipping, chewing, etc.) is also prohibited.
  2. Smoking or use of tobacco products, as described above, is prohibited in any buildings, on all grounds, and in all open air areas owned or leased by the college. Additionally, smoking or use of tobacco products will not be allowed in any college owned or leased vehicles. Smoking and use of tobacco products are permitted in a personal vehicle legally parked in college parking areas. Smoke and tobacco usage must be confined within the vehicle.
  3. Chattanooga State is not requiring faculty, staff and students to quit using tobacco products; however, we do expect the policy to be followed while on Chattanooga State property, and we are offering support to our students and employees who wish to stop using prohibited products.
  4. The policy applies to all campuses and to the entire college community, including employees, students, and visitors. Members of the campus community are empowered to respectfully inform others about the policy in an ongoing effort to enhance awareness and encourage a culture of compliance. Campus Police will also be responsible for reminding any faculty, staff, student or visitor who is using tobacco on College property about the College's Tobacco-Free Policy. Campus Police may also ask to see identification of faculty, staff, students and visitors, and complete an incident report for anyone who is found violating the College's policy. Incident reports for students will be sent to the Dean of Students/Judicial Affairs for processing through the student disciplinary procedures. Reports for employees will be sent to Human Resources for processing through the employee disciplinary process.
  5. Want help quitting? Visit
  6. For information and support, contact the Dean of Student's Office 423-697-4475


Approved by the President, June, 2016

Approved: President's Cabinet 8/30/15

Revised: Business and Finance 8/25/15
Approved: Executive Staff, 3/31/14

Approved: President's Cabinet, 2/19/14

Revised: Business and Finance, 2/03/14

Approved: Executive Staff, 05/20/09
Approved: President's Cabinet, 05/20/09
Approved: President, 05/20/09
Revised: Business and Finance, January 28, 2009