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I. Title of Policy

Smoke Free College Environment

II. Objective of Policy

To authorize the President to develop a College Regulation to comply with all federal, state, county, and local laws concerning a smoke free environment(s), to act upon the wishes of the College Governance Forum, and to protect, preserve, and foster the health and safety of students, employees and members of the public.

III. Authority

Chapter 320, Public Laws of 1981 as amended by chapter 96 of the Public Laws of 1989 and codified at NJSA 26:3D-17, L. 1989, c. 96, Section 1, the NJ Smoke Free Air Act, P.L. 2005, c. 383, approved January 15, 2006, effective March 16, 2006, Paragraph 13 to Section VII of Article IV of the N.J. Constitution subject to regulation by the Cannabis Regulatory Commission created by P.L.2019, c. 153 (C.24:61-5.1 et seq.), New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Amendment (S2703/A4497) P.L.2021, c 16, Title 21 U.S.C. Controlled Substances Act, 41 U.S.C. 81, and H.R.3614 Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.

IV. Policy Statement

The New Jersey Legislature has found that tobacco and tobacco smoke is a substantial health hazard to both the smoking and nonsmoking public.  The New Jersey Department of Health has found overwhelming scientific and medical evidence that tobacco and tobacco smoke is detrimental to the health, welfare, and comfort of smokers and nonsmokers alike and that regulating if, when, and where persons may smoke and/or use tobacco products is necessary for the public health.  The College Forum recognizes its obligation to comply with the State’s public laws concerning a smoke-free workplace and henceforth, all tobacco products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and/or snuff will be banned for use or consumption at all Brookdale Community College locations and in all College vehicles. Notwithstanding the foregoing, use of cigarettes, tobacco products and non-marijuana vaping products shall be permitted within one’s personal vehicle while on the College campus in Lincroft and regional locations.

In addition to the foregoing, the College does not tolerate drug use, possession and/or distribution while on campus, within the College community, or at College sponsored events and activities which includes, but is not limited to, marijuana and regulated cannabis (collectively “marijuana”).  Accordingly, the use, possession or distribution of marijuana, even for medical or medicinal purposes, is prohibited at the College.

V. Responsibility for Implementation



Approved: Board of Trustees 5/27/82
Revised: 8/20/92
Revised: September 2010
Lodged: October 2010
Approved: November 2010
Revised: October 2013

Approved: Board of Trustees 10/25/2022

PDF Policy 2.6000 Smoke Free College Environment