June 8, 2017
In keeping with the Vermont State Colleges System policy 314, all campuses in the system have committed to becoming tobacco-free campuses.
In a first step toward meeting this requirement, Johnson State has now designated its campus as tobacco free, with the exception of designated smoking areas. The nearest designated smoking areas will be indicated in the areas on the quad that previously housed cigarette butt receptacles.
The system-wide implementation of this policy stems from evidence that many people start to smoke in college and that tobacco-free policies are effective in decreasing smoking rates in society. The VSCS takes pride in its commitment to maintain a healthy and safe working and learning environment and believes no one should have to risk their health in order to exit, enter or stand outside any building on our beautiful campuses.
In the summer of 2018, as Johnson State officially unifies with Lyndon State College to become Northern Vermont University, both campuses will officially become completely tobacco free.
At that time, tobacco* use will be prohibited on both campuses, indoors and outdoors, as well as vehicles owned by the VSC or its member institutions.
*Per this impending policy, tobacco is defined as any manufactured product containing tobacco or nicotine, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, shisha, pipes, water (hookah) pipes, dissolvable tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, other electronic or battery-powered vaping devices and all forms of smokeless tobacco.