Effective Date: November 17, 2005
Scope: Health Sciences Campus
- Policy/Procedure Purpose
The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, School
of Dental Medicine, and Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
are proud to be at the forefront of health-related research
and education. Smoking related illnesses (including those
related to environmental tobacco smoke) comprise the largest
proportion of preventable disease. The Health Sciences Campus
(HSC) serves as a model for our community in the area of promoting
the good health of our staff and influencing public attitude
about smoking. Therefore, it is appropriate for the HSC to
provide a totally smoke-free work environment and to conduct
programs designed to assist employees in adhering to this
It is the policy of HSC to provide a smoke-free workplace
and environment, prohibiting smoking in its facilities (owned
or leased) or on its adjacent grounds within its boundaries,
parking lots (including inside personal vehicles), and ramps.
Tobacco products include, but are not limited to, cigarettes,
cigars, chewing tobacco, BIDIS, KRETEX, cigarillos, blunt
and pipe smoking.
- Policy Standards
The primary purpose of this smoke free policy is to reduce
smoking and improve the health of both smokers and non-smokers,
not topenalize or punish staff, faculty, students, or visitors.
It is our hope that all members of the Case community will
help to remind violators of the policy and help their colleagues
and others to Clear the Air.
- All members of the Case community are responsible
for observing this policy. They are expected to adhere
to standard practices in resolving issues of nonconformance
(in addressing employee complaints) and maintaining expected
levels of productivity within their work groups.
- Smoking in HSC buildings (owned or leased)
and on HSC grounds, parking lots, and ramps is prohibited.
Signage to this effect shall be erected and maintained
at all public entrances to all HSC facilities.
- This policy applies to all persons, including
staff, faculty, students, patients, visitors, contractors,
subcontractors, and others in HSC buildings and on HSC
grounds, parking lots, and ramps.
- Human Resources will inform employment candidates
of the no-smoking policy during the hiring interview and
new employee orientation.
- A smoking cessation program is offered on an
ongoing basis to faculty, students, and staff seeking
assistance to quit smoking. These classes are offered
free of charge to students, faculty, and staff whose work
or study is primarily based on the Health Science Campus.
One family member (including spouse or domestic partner)
of HSC faculty, staff or students, as well as non-health
sciences campus faculty, staff and students, may utilize
the program for a fee of $100 (plus nicotine replacement
therapy (NRT) at cost).
- This policy will be humanely enforced with
all employees. Employees who smoke in prohibited areas
will be reminded of the policy and asked to stop. Repeat
violators may be subject to the disciplinary process.
Faculty and students will be addressed accordingly.
- All HSC employees and leadership staff are
expected to observe and promote compliance with the no-smoking
policy. Anyone observing a violation of the policy may
courteously remind the smoker of the no-smoking policy
and suggest that smoking materials be extinguished.
- Any questions regarding this policy should
be addressed to the Employee