Questions About the Policy

Question:  Why did CPCC decide to become a tobacco-free College?

Answer: Tobacco is a medically-proven health risk, and an increasing number of schools, colleges, universities, public facilities, private businesses, and work-places are becoming tobacco-free.  CPCC believes that tobacco-free campuses model healthy behaviors and offer individuals of all ages a healthier place to learn, work and visit.

Question: When was the Tobacco-Free College policy implemented?

Answer: CPCC became 100% tobacco-free on January 2, 2010.  This was the same day that the new state-wide ban on smoking in restaurants and bars came into effect across North Carolina.

Question: What about smokeless tobacco?

Answer: All forms of tobacco, including smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes/vapes) are prohibited on all CPCC campuses.

Question: Are all CPCC campuses be tobacco-free?

Answer: Yes.  Tobacco is prohibited on all College property, including all grounds, buildings, facilities, parking lots, and College-owned vehicles.

Question: Does the Tobacco-Free College policy apply to campus visitors and construction workers?

Answer: Yes, the policy applies to everyone on all campus property, all the time.

Question: What will happen if someone continues to use tobacco at CPCC?

Answer: All CPCC students and employees are expected to comply fully with the Tobacco-Free College policy.  Students who repeatedly violate the policy will face student conduct process as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.  Employees who repeatedly violate the policy will be referred to their supervisor, who will be expected to follow the employee disciplinary process.

Question: What resources are available to help me quit using tobacco?

•    Quitline NC , or phone 1-800-QUITNOW.  Quitline NC is a free service that provides a personal cessation coach, and some students may be eligible for over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy patches or lozenges at no cost.
• ( provides free, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people trying to quit smoking.
•    CPCC Counseling Services is available to talk with students about making healthy lifestyle changes.

Question: How was the decision made to go tobacco-free?

Answer: A  Task Force was appointed by CPCC administration last spring.  The Task Force included representatives from all six campuses, the Student Government Association, all levels of College employees, and at least 4 people who were using tobacco.  The Task Force was charged with studying tobacco policies at other colleges and universities, surveying our students and employees about tobacco use, and developing recommendations about policy changes.  The Task Force decided to recommend a 100% tobacco-free college policy, which was reviewed and supported by top administration.  The CPCC Board of Trustees approved the tobacco-free policy on September 2, 2009.

Question: What were the results of the tobacco survey?

The survey, which was sent to all CPCC students and employees in Spring 2009, produced 2195 responses, a very high response rate.   Keys results include:
•    21% of respondents currently use tobacco products
•    23% of respondents reported a health condition that makes it difficult to be around smoke
•    64% of respondents indicated that they think CPCC should do more to reduce tobacco use
•    64% of respondents indicated that they would support a 100% tobacco-free college policy

Question: How can I learn more about the Tobacco-Free College policy?

Answer: The full policy can be found here.


Questions produced by:

Mark Helms, Dean
Student Life & Student Learning