Simmons College will become a Tobacco Free Campus on August 1st. What began as a project by SNHS students grew into a community-wide initiative to promote the health and wellness of Simmons students, faculty, and staff by providing a living, working, and learning environment free of secondhand smoke. We are committed to supporting all members of the community in managing the challenges of becoming a tobacco free campus.
Simmons College Tobacco Free Policy
May 20, 2014
Use of all smoking and tobacco products is prohibited at both the academic and residence campuses of Simmons College.
II. Purpose and Scope
Simmons College is committed to promoting the health and wellness of our students, faculty, and staff by providing a living, working, and learning environment free of secondhand smoke. Simmons recognizes that smoking is a major cause of preventable disease, and accordingly in Fall 2013 convened a committee to explore whether and how the college might implement a tobacco-free policy. Having received the committee's recommendation, after extensive input from the community, the college has concluded that a tobacco-free campus is consistent with the mission and purpose of Simmons by promoting individual and community health. This policy applies to all persons, including all students, faculty, staff, volunteers, vendors, and visitors, anywhere on Simmons property and in buildings and facilities on all campuses, including parking lots, green spaces, and pedestrian walkways owned and/or operated by Simmons College.
All locations, campuses, buildings, vehicles, and outdoor areas owned and/or operated by Simmons College prohibit the use of all smoking and tobacco products.
IV. Smoking Cessation Resource Information
In accordance with our mission to provide better health for all, resources for students, faculty, and staff regarding smoking cessation will be available. Students may visit the health center to receive important cessation information and access to smoking cessation products. Faculty and staff who are eligible for benefits have access to a number of resources via Talent and Human Capital Strategy and the medical plan provider.
V. Additional Information
It is the responsibility of all members of the Simmons College community to comply with the standards of the tobacco-free policy. All members of the Simmons community are encouraged to promote adherence to the policy within the college by reminding all students, faculty, staff, vendors, visitors, and volunteers that Simmons College prohibits the use of all smoking and tobacco products.
VI. Contact Information
- Public Safety Emergency, (617) 521-1111
- Public Safety Non-emergency, (617) 521-1112
- Health Center, (617) 521-1020
- Counseling Center, (617) 521-2455