Smoking/Tobacco Policy

Lycoming College seeks to promote the health and safety of all members of our community. In accordance with the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act and to provide a smoke-free environment for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors, the College has enacted an indoor smoking policy that prohibits smoking in all College buildings (including offices, lobbies, dining facilities and restrooms), College athletic facilities, and College owned vehicles. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, contractors and visitors.

  • Smoking shall be permitted outdoors at a distance of 25 feet or more from any enclosed area where smoking is prohibited to ensure that second-hand smoke does not enter the area through entrances, windows, ventilation systems or any other means.
  • Cigarette butts are to be extinguished and placed in the appropriate receptacles outdoors. Do not place cigarette butts in trash receptacles or indoor waste bins. Throwing cigarette butts on the ground or pavement is considered littering.

Penalties for violation of the College's smoking policy shall be disciplinary action in accordance with general College provisions for misconduct.

The Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA) is effective September 11, 2008. This act establishes smoke-free indoor work and public places. The CIAA requires that no smoking signs which consist of a burning cigarette in a circle with a bar across it must be prominently posted and properly maintained at all building entrances.

Under the CIAA, an individual may be penalized for smoking where it is prohibited in amounts ranging from $250 for a first offense to $1,000 for a third offense within twelve months. The success of this policy depends upon the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of smokers and non-smokers. All faculty, staff and students share in the responsibility of adhering to and enforcing the policy. Any problems should be brought to the attention of the employee's supervisor. The Department of Safety & Security will be responsible for enforcing the CIAA on campus.

Smokeless Tobacco

The use of smokeless tobacco (chewing, dipping, etc.) is prohibited in all nonresidential College facilities. Smokeless tobacco is also prohibited at all Lycoming College athletic facilities.

Penalties for violation of the College's smokeless tobacco policy shall be disciplinary action in accordance with general College provisions for misconduct.

Note: Throwing cigarette butt(s) and/or smokeless tobacco residue container(s) on the ground or pavement is considered littering.