Smoke Free Campus FAQs

Yuba Community College District (YCCD) is dedicated to providing a healthy and productive environment for its faculty, staff, students, visitors, and contractors.
Research findings show that use of tobacco products constitutes a significant health hazard; tobacco smoke is a proven health and safety hazard both to smokers and
to non-smokers who are involuntarily exposed to the second hand smoke. Additionally, students and college personnel were surveyed where results
indicated 70.73% of participants expressed support of a 100% tobacco-free campus policy at Yuba College and 93.08% of survey participates think
that secondhand smoke is harmful to health.

The tobacco-free policy applies to anyone who is on property and in facilities owned, leased or operated by Yuba Community College District, including all employees, students, visitors, contractors, and vendors.

Use of all forms of tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes, hookahs, and smokeless tobacco products are prohibited.
Smokeless tobacco includes, but is not limited to, the use of snuff, chewing tobacco, smokeless pouches, or other forms of loose leaf tobacco.
Electronic cigarettes (E-CIGS) are also prohibited.

Tobacco use is prohibited on all Yuba Community College District campuses and outreach centers within the boundaries from public sidewalks or property lines on the edge of each of the College’s campuses,
properties, and leased spaces. This includes all buildings, walkways, sidewalks, parking lots, on-campus roads and driveways, grounds, on-campus bus stops and shelters,
exterior open spaces, sports venues, and personal and college vehicles in these areas. There will no longer be designated smoking areas.

No. The policy prohibits tobacco use in personal vehicles while on any of Yuba Community College District’s property.

Yes. Here’s a list of resources:  

  • Rideout Health: ‘Clean Break’
    • No-cost cessation classes
    • Rideout Cardiac Rehabilitation, 401 I Street, Marysville, CA
    • (530) 741-3840 for reservations/info
    • www.frhg.org/Health-Services
  • Yuba County: ‘Connecting to Quit’
    • No-cost cessation classes
    • Call (530) 749-6366 to register
  • California Smoker’s Helpline
    • No-cost cessation counseling sessions in six different languages
    • Call 1-800-NO-BUTTS
  • California Smoker’s Helpline FREE text messaging program

Awareness of this policy will be promoted through signage, posters, printed materials, emails, web pages, students/employee orientations, videos, and other avenues. All employees and students share in the responsibility for adhering to and enforcing the procedure. Violations should be reported through the appropriate administrative channels like any other policy violation at Yuba College.

Per AP 3570 regarding enforcement… “The success of this procedure will depend upon the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of smokers and nonsmokers. All employees and students share in the responsibility for adhering to and enforcing the procedure. Any conflicts should be vetted through the appropriate administrative channels. It is the responsibility of all employees to inform students of this procedure. It is the responsibility of the administration to ensure compliance with this procedure.”

No. However, employees and students are expected to be good representatives of Yuba Community College District and respect neighboring properties outside our campuses and other facilities.

There is no legal right to smoke or use tobacco under either state or federal law. Yuba Community College District has the right and responsibility to enact policies
to reduce injuries and illness by eliminating hazards and unsafe acts and conditions from its premises.
Prohibiting tobacco use on college properties provides access to clean, smoke-free air while allowing adults who smoke to continue to do so off-property.
It reduces the waste associated with smoking and use of smokeless tobacco.

Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable and premature death, accounting for an estimated 443,000 American deaths in the United States each year, or one out of every five deaths.

In California, an increased number of public colleges are going completely tobacco-free. In January 2014, the University of California (UC) Office of the President announced all UC-owned property would be completely tobacco-free.

More recently, the California State University (CSU) Office of the Chancellor has announced its intention for a tobacco-free system.

In 2013 the Health Services Association of California Community Colleges introduced a White Paper on Tobacco Prevention and Control on the California Community Colleges to support the efforts of individual campuses and districts in adopting tobacco-free policies..*

Yuba College received an “A+”, a ranking of colleges and universities based on smoking policies by The California Public College & University Smoke/Tobacco- Free Policy Report Card
put out by California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN) and Campuses Organized & United For Good Health (COUGH).

*Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. (2016). Smokefree and Tobacco-Free U.S. and Tribal Colleges and Universities.