Tobacco Free Policy

Our grant requires us to inform employees and students that the FDA has regulatory authority over the tobacco industry. Please go to this link for details on this disclosure: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/UCM183967.pdf

Smoking and/or tobacco products of any kind are not permitted at any FCTC facility. Tobacco products include the use of any product, whether intended to be lit or not, which include: smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, smokeless tobacco including snuff, dip, chewing tobacco, smokeless pouches, and any other form of loose-leaf or smokeless tobacco. The use of electronic cigarettes is prohibited.

The purpose of the FCTC Tobacco Policy is to protect people from the health hazards of tobacco, including second hand tobacco smoke, and to maintain compliance with the Florida Health Initiative in Section 20, Article X of the Florida State Constitution. Visitors and contractors on campus who are in violation of the policy will be reminded of the policy and required to comply by discarding the tobacco product or leaving the campus.

FCTC has a high school located on the main campus. It is unlawful for anyone under the age of 18 to smoke tobacco in, on or within 1,000 feet of a public or private elementary, middle or secondary school between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and midnight. If a student is found to have violated this provision, the parents or guardian and law enforcement will be notified and civil penalties may be imposed. (Florida Statute 569.11)

Any high school or adult student in violation of the tobacco policy will be subject to progressive discipline. An initial violation will result in disciplinary action which may include a warning, and/or tobacco and health related educational assignments. A second violation will result in a student contract, work detail, or detention. A third violation will result in out-of-school suspension. Subsequent violations may result in expulsion.

FCTC students and staff will be notified of the Tobacco Policy through the following mechanisms, including but not limited to: the College’s web page, Student Handbook, Staff Handbook, orientation, signs, posters, and multi media ads in areas where students congregate and the employee lounge.

For information on tobacco education and cessation programs promoted by or offered through FCTC, please visit our website at WWW.FCTC.EDU or call (904)547-FCTC. The Florida Quit-for-Life line is a toll free telephone and internet-based cessation service that provides tobacco counseling and cessation services. Call 877-U-CAN-NOW, or visit www.quitnow.net/florida.