Smoking Policy

Effective Date Jan 1, 2015

Applicable Employee Classes:

Revised  Date:

Approved by:

All Florida Tech Employees

June 2021

Dr. T. Dwayne McCay, President               

Smoking

Florida Tech is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace and to promoting the health and well-being of its employees. As such, the following policy has been adopted and applies to all employees of the University.

Policy

The Florida Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits smoking in public places and educational facilities are specifically included in the definition of public places. The statutes do not permit the designation of smoking areas in educational facilities. Florida Tech prohibits smoking and vaping on all company premises, other than designated smoking areas, to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all employees. Smoking is defined as the "act of lighting, smoking or carrying a lighted or smoldering cigar, cigarette or pipe of any kind." Vaping refers to the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems or electronic smoking devices such as e-cigarettes, e-pipes, e-hookahs and e-cigars.

Florida Tech has taken the initiative to create designated smoking areas outside of their facilities. Florida Tech encourages the use of appropriate cigarette disposal processes.

Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products or electronic devices, and unregulated nicotine products are prohibited in any facility leased or owned by Florida Tech including all student residential facilities rented or leased.

Procedure

Students and employees violating university policy on smoking will be subject to disciplinary action. If you encounter a violation, please report it immediately to your supervisor. Employees, student workers and others representing Florida Tech who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including immediate discharge.

A process is in place for resolving complaints about the smoke- and vape-free policy:

Complaints about the application of this policy should be brought to the attention of Human Resources and your supervisor. The complaint should be submitted in writing and should identify specific objections. Florida Tech will investigate the complaint and resolve it in accordance with the policy. No employee shall suffer any form of retaliation for raising a complaint or asking a question about this policy.

This policy is intended to comply with the requirements of Florida Clean Indoor Air Act.The intent of state law and the spirit of this policy are to protect the public health, comfort, and environment by creating areas in places that are reasonably free from tobacco smoke.

Florida Clean Indoor Air Act of 1985(FCIAA)