Foothill-De Anza District Policy: “In order to provide a safe learning and working environment for students and employees, smoking is prohibited in all indoor and outdoor campus locations, with the exception of designated areas,” and “In addition, designated areas for smoking will be clearly marked.”
UPDATE April 2012
New Law, New Policy, New Fines: Designated Smoking Areas on Campus. Smoking outside of designated areas will now result in the following fines:
District Board Policy 3217 (revised March 12, 2012) and California Government Code Sec. 7596-7598 (amended Oct. 8, 2011) provide for the changes. Smoking fines are distributed 70% to District Police and 30% to Health Services stop-smoking programs. Look for the large red Smoking Area banners on campus to find De Anza's five designated smoking areas (see below). Table seating is included in each area.
Smoking is permitted only in the designated areas located near the following parking lots:
Cigarette Butts Are Litter!
Please do not leave cigarette butts on the ground in the designated smoking areas. Throw cigarette butts (and other trash) away at the nearest trash receptacle. Take pride in your campus and help keep it clean and beautiful!
Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?
For help with quiting smoking, check out the Health Center's Quit Smoking Program.
Other Online Resources:
Quit Smoking for New Year's (American Lung Association, Lungusa.org)
California Smokers' Helpline (Californiasmokershelpline.org)
Re-learn Life Without Cigarettes (Becomanex.org)
About the Non-Smoking Areas Policy
As the result of a November 2004 survey of all students and employees, and the work of a districtwide committee, the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees approved a revised non-smoking areas policy on June 20, 2005.
In order to provide a safe learning and working environment for students and employees, smoking is prohibited in all indoor and outdoor campus locations, with the exception of designated smoking areas (see above). Read the full Non-Smoking Areas policy 3217.
(Santa Clara County Ordinance No. 625.4; City of Cupertino Ordinance No. 1647; Labor Code 6404.5; Approved 1/8/96; Amended 8/16/99, 12/2/02, 6/20/05)
Study: Smoking employees cost employers $6,000 or more (6/3/2013)
"Smokers cost their employers nearly $6,000 a year more than staff who don’t smoke, researchers said on Monday in what they say is the first comprehensive look at the issue. And in what some might see as a dark twist, they've taken into account any savings that might come because smokers tend to die younger than non-smokers, drawing less in pension costs." (NBCNews.com)
Study: Smoking shortens life span by at least 10 years (1/23/2013)
"Women now lose about 11 years of life expectancy if they smoke," McAfee says. "Men lose about 12 years." He adds that it is presumed that women's smoking patterns are now more similar to men's in terms of picking up the habit at younger ages and smoking a larger number of cigarettes
Continued Evidence that Smoke-Free Laws are Working (11/5/2012)
First is an article published in the Archives of Internal Medicine that specifically links a decrease in incidence of myocardial infarction in one Minnesota county to the introduction of smoke-free workplace laws. In 2002 the law was enacted, and by 2007 all workplaces — including bars — had to be totally smoke free. The study looked at the rates of sudden cardiac death and myocardial infarction in the 18 months before the law took effect, and the 18 months after its final implementation.
Governor Brown signs AB795(10/8/2011)
The new law provides California’s public colleges and universities with tools to enforce existing campus smoking policies.
Surgeon General's Report:
Even a single "puff" of tobacco is harmful.
The 704-page report, the 30th surgeon general's report to address tobacco, "validates earlier findings, expands and strengthens the science base, and describes in great detail the multiple ways that tobacco smoke damages every organ in the body, resulting in disease and death."