Tobacco-Free Campuses
Frequently Asked Questions

 

NCTC is a Tobacco-Free Campus

 

Q: Where can I find the NCTC Tobacco-Free Policy?

A: The NCTC Board Policy Manual, Student Handbook, and in the Residence Life Handbook.

 

Q: When did the Tobacco-Free policy start?

A: January 1, 2012

 

Q:  Whom does this policy affect:

A: This policy applies to all faculty, staff, and students of North Central Texas College as well as contractor, vendors, and visitors to our campuses.

 

Q: Does this affect all five NCTC campuses?

A: Yes – tobacco is now prohibited in all NCTC campus facilities, campus grounds, walkway areas and North Central Texas College vehicles (including parking lots). 

    

Q.  Can I still use tobacco products in my own vehicle?

A. Yes, you may use tobacco products in parked and moving vehicles while on grounds as long as the vehicle is not owned or operated by North Central Texas College.

 

Q. Are electronic cigarettes or vaporizers allowed on campus?

A. No, they are not allowed. Unregulated high-tech tobacco or smoking devices, commonly referred to as electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” closely resemble and purposefully mimic the act of smoking by having users inhale vaporized liquid nicotine created by heat through an electronic ignition system. After testing a number of e-cigarettes from two leading manufacturers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that various samples tested contained not only contained nicotine but also detectable levels of known carcinogens and toxic chemicals, including tobacco-specific nitrosamines and diethylene glycol, a toxic chemical used in antifreeze. The FDA testing also suggested that “quality control processes used to manufacture these products are inconsistent or non-existent” based on laboratory analysis of electronic cigarettes conducted by FDA," Food and Drug Administration (FDA). E-cigarettes and Vaporizers produce a vapor of undetermined and potentially harmful substances, which may appear similar to the smoke emitted by traditional tobacco products.

 

Q: Will there be tobacco cessation program to assist faculty and staff to quit smoking?

A: Faculty and staff can contact the Human Resource Office for additional assistance available 940.688.3302.

 

Q: I am a student and wish to quit smoking. Are there any websites I can visit to obtain resources?

A. Yes, you can visit tobacco cessation programs located on this website.

 

Q: How will this policy be communicated to the college?

A: Education regarding NCTC's Tobacco-Free policy will be included in formal orientation for all incoming students, faculty and staff. Sufficient signage will be posted to inform members of the campus community and its visitors of the policy. All college staff in supervisory roles will communicate the policy to everyone within their areas of responsibility.

 

Q: Have the other colleges and universities gone Tobacco-Free?

A: Reality is that fewer and fewer places permit the use of tobacco products. In growing numbers, both in the public and private sectors, work sites have implemented a tobacco-free policy. In fact, hundreds of campuses nationwide are now Tobacco-Free campuses.

 

Q: Why should I comply?

A. NCTC is committed to providing a healthy place to learn and work for all members of the college community. We hope that tobacco users will be respectful of the right of their fellow members of the college community to be in a tobacco-free environment. We also hope that those who do not use tobacco products will remind violators of the tobacco-free policy in a courteous and respectful manner.