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Smoking Policy FAQs

Am I allowed to have cigarettes on campus or in my living space?
Yes, you are allowed to be a smoker and possess smoking products. You just can’t smoke on campus property outside of designated smoking areas.

What about personal motor vehicles? Can I smoke in my car?
No, while you (and your car) are on campus property, smoking is limited to designated smoking areas.

Who enforces the smoking policy?
We all do. As a community, it is our responsibility to hold each other accountable. If you see someone smoking on our campus, ask them to move to a designated smoking area and thank them for complying.

What do I say to someone who is smoking?
Gently and kindly remind them that our policy changed recently, and that Hampshire restricts smoking to designated smoking areas around campus. Use the acronym “SMOKE” to remember how.

S is for Smile and introduce yourself
M is for Make the assumption the person just doesn’t know the policy
O is for Offer resources for smoking cessation if they are interested
K is for Kindly remind them of the policy
E is for Enforce the policy by asking them to move to a designated smoking area

Inspired by Portland Community College’s educational campaign.

The conversation might look something like this:
Person 1: Hey, I’m [name], how are you today?
Person 2: Hey, I’m [name]. I’m good, how about you?
Person 1: Pretty good, thanks. So I noticed you are smoking and wasn’t sure if you knew Hampshire restricts smoking to designated areas. Can I show you to one?
Person 2: Oh whoops, I didn’t know that.
Person 1: No worries, thanks for being willing to move!

It might feel awkward to talk to someone else about smoking, but if you come to the conversation from a place of compassion and understanding, most people will comply.

In the unlikely event someone gets angry or refuses to move to a designated smoking area, just walk away and ask someone else, like a faculty or staff person to help you.

I’m interested in quitting; how can I get support or resources?
For College employees (including faculty and staff): resources are available via the Tufts Health Plan and Employee Assistance Program.

For students: Resources available via Health and Counseling Services and the Wellness Center.

  • Health and Counseling offers one on one quit coaching with medical professionals; contact 413.559.5458 to make an appointment.
  • The Wellness Center offers one on one and group cessation support with trained student educators who are former smokers themselves; contact well@hampshire.edu for more information.

For all community members:
Apps: Quit Now, Craving to Quit, Quit Guide, This is Quitting

Social Media: #quittingsmoking; http://whatshouldwecallquitting.tumblr.com/

Websites: 
http://smokefree.gov/build-your-quit-plan
http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/quit-smoking/guide/index.html
http://smokefree.gov/
http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/guidetoquittingsmoking/guide-to-quitting-smoking-toc
https://quitsmokingcommunity.org/
https://www.quitnow.net/Program/
http://quitworks.makesmokinghistory.org/
http://makesmokinghistory.org/quit-now/

Quit Lines:

  • 1-800-QUIT-NOW/1-800-784-8669 or 1-877-44U-QUIT
  • Spanish: 1-800-8-Déjalo (1-800-833-5256)
  • Other languages: 1-800-784-8669 to connect with interpreter service
  • Deaf/TTY: 1-888-229-2182
  • Request a callback from a Helpline coach

Text messaging: Text QUITNOW to 202-759-6436