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Smoking and Tobacco Products

Updated 9/13/2013

The college recognizes the serious and substantial public health risk and productivity problems caused by smoking. In an effort to create a healthful, comfortable, and productive environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, the college adopts this smoke-free policy. This policy applies to all FIT students, faculty, staff, and visitors and to all college buildings and facilities, including residence halls, now in existence or that come into existence after the enactment of this policy. For purposes of this policy, smoking shall mean the burning of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco.


Smoking is not permitted, and no person shall smoke, in any indoor area, or anywhere on FIT grounds, including (but not limited to) the elevated walkway, the breezeway between the David Dubinsky Student Center and the Business and Liberal Arts Center, terraces, and any other FIT area under an overhang.


The president shall have discretion to permit smoking in any clearly defined outdoor area on FIT grounds. Any outdoor area in which smoking is permitted shall be clearly designated by the posting of “smoking permitted” or similar signs.


Smoking is prohibited in all college vehicles including cars, vans, and trucks.


The sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products is prohibited anywhere at FIT.


Advertisements for cigarettes or other tobacco products may not be displayed anywhere at FIT.


It is the responsibility of all administrators, faculty, staff, and students to enforce this policy.

Employees who violate this policy may be disciplined in accordance with procedures established by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Fashion Institute of Technology and the United College Employees of FIT or, where appropriate, section 2587 of the New York Education Law.

Students who violate this policy may be disciplined in accordance with procedures established by the Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy Manual then in effect.

In addition to any disciplinary penalties imposed by the college, a violation of this policy may also violate article 13-E of the New York Public Health Law, “Regulation of Smoking in Certain Public Areas.” Penalties may be imposed in accordance with that article in addition to, or in place of, any disciplinary penalties imposed.

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