WVNCC | West Virginia Northern Community College

WVNCC | West Virginia Northern Community College

West Virginia Northern Community College will become completely tobacco-free on all campus grounds and parking areas on November 15, 2012, coinciding with the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout®, held annually on the third Thursday in November. The tobacco-free , which prohibits the use of all tobacco products on all grounds and parking areas (traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chew, pipes, cigars, hookah or waterpipe smoking, snus, snuff, etc.), applies to all areas of the College, indoors and out. When this change is enacted on November 15, Northern will join more than 250 other United States colleges and universities with tobacco-free policies in place for the entire campus, indoors and out. Your suggestions for how the College can best implement this rule are encouraged. Please send us your comments.

When does the tobacco-free rule go into effect?

November 15, 2012, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout

What type of training will be done to make employees and students aware of this rule?

Displays, e-mail notification, signage.

What does tobacco-free mean?

Tobacco use will not be permitted on all college owned, leased or operated property, buildings and vehicles.

Who is affected by this rule?

This rule applies to every person who comes to the College campus, including visitors, faculty, staff, volunteers, students, contractors, and service representatives.

What is considered a tobacco product and therefore prohibited by this rule?

Tobacco products include, but are not limited to, cigarettes (traditional and e-cigarettes), chew, pipes, cigars, hookah or waterpipe smoking, snuff and snus.

What areas of Northern are included in the rule?

The three Northern campuses are included in this rule along with any other owned, leased or operated property, buildings and vehicles. By November 15, 2012, clearly visible signs will be in place to indicate tobacco-free boundaries. See map (to be provided soon) for details.

Do employees, students and visitors have to quit smoking tobacco?

No. The College is not asking anyone to quit. This rule simply means that no one can use tobacco products on College property.

Can I use tobacco in my personal vehicle?

No. Tobacco use is prohibited in all Northern operated parking areas, both inside and outside of vehicles.

Are other colleges and universites tobacco-free?

Yes. There are more than 250 higher education institutions with tobacco-free and smoke-free policies in place for the entire campus, indoors and out.

What is the College doing to help employees who want to quit using tobacco products?

Click on Tobacco Treatment Resources tab for more information. A special section is available for students.

I am interested in tobacco treatment resources, but am not an employee or student at the College. What resources are available to me?

The College values the health and well-being of everyone who uses our facilities. If you use tobacco products and would like to quit, discuss with your physician or other health care provider which of the approaches may work best for you.
A variety of resources to help stop using tobacco, if you choose to do so, are available. Visit the Tobacco Treatment Resource Tab for more information.

Why are e-cigarettes included in this rule?

Electronic cigarettes are not a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes. The FDA has found several safety concerns regarding the use of these products, which are designed to deliver variable amounts of nicotine.
Many health proponents, most notably the World Health Organization, have expressed serious concerns about the adverse health effects of electronic cigarettes. These organizations, including the FDA, cite a serious lack of safety data regarding the inhalation of known hazardous chemicals such as propylene glycol (found in antifreeze) and tobacco specific nitrosamines (which cause cancer), which have been found in e-cigs when tested. We know these chemicals are harmful. The FDA does not regulate e-cigarettes and does not consider them to be a safe nicotine delivery system. E-cigarettes are currently banned for import by the FDA.
Northern’s tobacco-free rule aims to promote a healthy environment including cleaner, safer air where everyone can live, work, and learn. Prohibiting electronic cigarettes is consistent with the aim of the rule.

Why are designated smoking areas not included in this rule?

The College values the health and well-being of everyone who uses our facilities. If you use tobacco products and would like to quit, discuss with your physician or other health care provider which of the approaches may work best for you.
There are two reasons why Northern decided not to create designated smoking areas. First, designated smoking areas are not consistent with the rule. The aim of Northern's tobacco-free rule is to create a healthy environment to live, work, and learn. Creating smoking areas sends a message that tobacco use is acceptable; rather, the university promotes healthy lifestyles and provides assistance for students and employees who are ready to quit and for those who need to manage their addiction symptoms while on campus. Second, designated smoking areas create confusion and are a compliance challenge. Experience on other college campuses and best practice for tobacco rule pointed us in the direction of a comprehensive campus wide tobacco-free rule with no designated smoking areas. Rarely do people comply with designated smoking areas.


The College has a responsibility to its employees and students to provide a safe and healthy environment. In support of this responsibility, the College has established the following rule regarding tobacco use on campus property:

1. Tobacco use, which includes but is not limited to smoking, chewing, rubbing and the use of electronic tobacco devices, is prohibited on all college owned, leased or operated property, buildings and vehicles. This will include any public sidewalks within 25 feet radius of College entrances/exits. Organizers and attendees at public events, such as conferences, meetings, public lectures, social events and cultural events, using college facilities will be required to abide by the College Tobacco-Free Campus rule. Organizers of such events are responsible for communicating and enforcing this rule to attendees.

2. The sale of or free distribution of tobacco products on campus is prohibited. This includes the delivery of tobacco products to campus by means of delivery services of any kind.

3. Campus organizations are prohibited from accepting money or gifts from tobacco companies. All tobacco advertising in public spaces, such as billboards and signs is prohibited. Accepting revenue for advertising tobacco products is inconsistent with the mission of this rule. Course learning materials which reference tobacco products, is acceptable, as long as the materials do not promote the use of tobacco.

4. Tobacco advertisements are prohibited in college-run publications.

Enforcement of this rule will depend on the cooperation of all members of the campus community, both to comply and encourage others to do so. Faculty, staff and students who see individuals smoking or using tobacco products are asked to inform these individuals in a professional and courteous manner that College rule prohibits tobacco use anywhere on grounds. Offenders are to be reported to the Chief Human Resource Office on the Wheeling campus and the Campus Deans on the Weirton and New Martinsville Campus.

Initial rule violations will be responded to with education. Repeated violations may be subject to appropriate disciplinary actions in accordance with the student code of conduct and the employee disciplinary action rule for faculty, administrators and staff. Visitors who violate the rule will be informed that WVNCC is a tobacco-free campus. Visitors who continue to violate the rule following a warning will be escorted off campus.

Several educational and informational sessions will be offered to both students and employees.

Click here (PDF) for the tobacco-free brochure.

View the campus map with tobacco-free rule boundaries. See brochure


See brochure and Cessation Calendar for more details

West Virginia Tobacco Ouitline    1-877-966-8784

Kaiser Pernamente (KP) Tobacco Cessation Class

Quitting to Win Tobacco Cessation Support Group

Table Exhibits and Displays