Breathe Easy Initiative

BreatheEasy Smoke-Free Campaign 

The Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college systems in the country,  and all of its properties will be smoke- and tobacco-free, effective July 1, 2012. The program is part of a new District-wide initiative called Maricopa Breathe Easy that is designed to promote health among the students, faculty members and staff of the Maricopa Community Colleges.

“As an educational institution, we have an obligation to lead the way in matters of health awareness and education. ” ~ Chancellor Rufus Glasper

Smoke-Free/Tobacco-Free Environment

The Maricopa County Community College District is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable, and educationally productive environment for students, employees, and visitors. In order to promote a healthy learning and work environment, the Chancellor has directed that the Maricopa County Community College District serve as a total smoke free and tobacco free environment, effective July 1, 2012. Smoking (including the use of “e-cigarettes”) and all uses of tobacco shall be prohibited from all District owned and leased property and facilities, including but not limited to parking lots, rooftops, courtyards, plazas, entrance and exit ways, vehicles, sidewalks, common areas, grounds, athletic facilities, and libraries.

Support signage prohibiting the use of smoking instruments and tobacco shall be placed throughout all college and District locations.

“Continued violations by a student, employee or visitor shall be handled through the respective conduct procedures."

All violators will receive an initial warning about the prohibition of tobacco use on district property. In order to properly track violators and enforce the regulation, the following guidelines will be followed by Public Safety.

1. For students, subsequent violations by the same offender will result in a referral of the student to the Dean of Student Affairs or designee. This referral will be made via a Public Safety Incident Report outlining the circumstance of the violation, including the date, time and location of the initial warning. All Smoke Free/Tobacco Free violations should be treated in the same manner as any other Student Code of Conduct violation.

2. For employees, subsequent violations by the same offender will result in a referral of the employee to the Vice President of Administrative Services or designee. This referral will be made via a Public Safety Incident Report outlining the circumstance of the violation, including the date, time and location of the initial warning. All Smoke Free/Tobacco Free violations should be treated in the same manner as any other Human Resource policy or regulation violation.

3. For visitors, subsequent violations by the same offender will result in the violator being escorted from district property and a no-trespass order issued for a period of 30 days. This ban will be documented via a Public Safety Incident Report outlining the circumstance of the violation, including the date, time and location of the initial warning. Visitors subjected to the no-trespass order may apply for reinstatement of their privilege to visit district property through the office of the Commander of Public Safety at that facility. Repeated violations by visitors will result is a no-trespass order being issued for extended time periods.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support!

The Great American Smokeout Day is recognized each year.  It is a day devoted to programs across the nation that are designed to help Americans quit smoking.

Full details about the initiative are available at:  Maricopa Breathe Easy

Want to Quit? We Can Help!

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the
U.S., yet more than 45 million Americans still smoke cigarettes and use tobacco products. However, more than half of these people have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year.   Quitting tobacco use is hard, but using quit therapies (e.g., the patch) and talking to your doctor doubles your chance of quitting for good! 

Resources & Information

As part of its district-wide Breathe Easy Initiative, the Maricopa Community Colleges are proud to
offer support for those who want to quit tobacco.

Ashline Online Smoking Cessation Program - Employees who are interested in this online
option can register through Rio Salado’s Employee Services/Wellness Oce or register
online at www.ashline.org.
IGNITE, a partnership with Tobacco Free Arizona, is a program designed to help college
students practice advocacy and integrate tobacco control messages into their projects and
activities. To learn more visit http://azdhs.gov/tobaccofreeaz.
American Cancer Society – Visit www.cancer.org and select “Guide to Quitting Smoking.”
TobaccoFreeU.org
BacchusNetwork.org
Healthcare Provider Assistance – Check with your healthcare plan regarding prescription
options such as Chantix. Visit www.smokingcessation.com.

In addition, Maricopa Community College Employees can take advantage of :
Smoke Cessation Incentive Program Classes – Rio Salado started offering in-person classes
at the Tempe location in January 2012 with conference calling abilities to service our
locations. Employees who complete the program will receive an incentive.