Frequently Asked Questions

Why is UMM becoming a tobacco-free campus?
UMM has a responsibility to its students, faculty, and staff to provide a safe and healthy environment. Research shows that tobacco use in general, in addition to the effects of secondhand smoke, constitutes a significant health hazard.

To whom does the tobacco-free policy apply?
The policy applies to anyone who is on the University of Maine at Machias campus, i.e., faculty and staff members, students, contractors, vendors, volunteers, and visitors.

Where does the tobacco-free policy apply?
The use of any and all tobacco products (including e-cigarettes, snuff, and other tobacco related products) are prohibited throughout UMM, including university buildings, parking areas, and athletic fields. It also applies to university vehicles. Personal, private, leased, or borrowed vehicles not owned by the university, when on the UMM campus, are also prohibited areas of tobacco use.

What resources are available to help those who would like to quit using tobacco products?
The following tobacco cessation resources and programs are available for students, faculty, and staff members:

For students:     
UMM Health Center 255-1275    
The Maine Tobacco Helpline 1-800-207-1230

For employees:     
Employee Benefits Center 1-866-269-9635
UMS Health Plan Enrollees – Contact Cigna at 1-800-244-6224 or your Primary Care Physician
The Maine Tobacco Helpline 1-800-207-1230    
EAP Services 1-877-622-4327    
UMS RiseUp Health Coaching – 1-855-274-7387

What about the rights of tobacco users?
The tobacco-free policy is not about making tobacco users quit their habit. It is about maintaining a healthy environment and eliminating everyone’s exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke by refraining from using tobacco products while on university grounds.

Why does UMM need a new policy?
The previous policy was ineffective and did not address public health concerns. That policy, which prohibited smoking within 25 feet of buildings and walkways, was not working and many members of the UMM community requested a more restrictive policy.

How is the policy being communicated?
Posters, signs, notices in event programs, wallet cards, and other advertising will contribute to increased awareness that UMM is a tobacco-free campus. Notices are also being included in new employee packets and other materials distributed to outside groups using University facilities.

How is the policy enforced?
The policy will be formally announced before it is implemented on June 1, 2013. As with other university policies, compliance is an expectation for all employees, faculty, students, and visitors. Initial enforcement will involve education, awareness, interventions, and referrals for those seeking smoking/tobacco cessation supports. As with all UMM policies, progressive disciplinary procedures will then be used as necessary and appropriate for violations. Please contact your supervisor, Human Resources (employees), or the Office of Student Life (students) for assistance regarding specific enforcement concerns.

What should I do if I see someone using tobacco on University grounds?
Faculty, staff, and students who see individuals smoking on university grounds may respectfully inform these individuals of the University policy prohibiting tobacco use anywhere on university grounds.  The Tobacco Policy Implementation Committee will provide a constant reminder that UMM is a tobacco-free campus through signage, publications, and multimedia messages.  Concerns about policy adherence can be addressed with Kim Page, co-chair of the wellness committee, kpage@maine.edu or Suzanne Mace, co-chair, smace@maine.edu.

How should managers/supervisors talk to employees about the policy?
We recommend that managers/supervisors remind employees of this policy and seek their cooperation with compliance.  Supervisors are encouraged to communicate the university’s smoking cessation assistance opportunities to employees and consult with Human Resources prior to implementing disciplinary action.  A “Supervisor Talking Tips” document is available on the Campus and Web Resources page to assist in how to approach the topic.

What can supervisors do to help personnel comply with the policy?
It is important to realize that an employee who violates the UMM tobacco-free policy will be dealing with a powerful addiction.  A face-to-face meeting with the employee to discuss concerns is always the best place to start.  The following tips can help:
• Gain agreement that the problem exists.    
• Emphasize that you don’t expect or require the employee to quit tobacco use, but that the employee must comply with the UMM tobacco-free policy while on UMM property.
• If the employee indicates an interest in quitting, direct him or her to available resources
 

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