Surgeon General of the United States has determined that
smoking is the largest preventable cause of illness and
premature death in the country. Smoking is associated with
the unnecessary death of more than 350,000 Americans a year.
Moreover, research findings now indicate that exposure to
Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS), also known as second-hand
smoke, is linked to a variety of negative health consequences
and is responsible for approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths
annually among non-smokers in the U.S.
Smoking is prohibited inside all facilities or vehicles
owned, leased, or operated by Hunter College. There is no
sale of cigarettes, cigars, or pipe tobacco at any facility,
location, or vending machine owned, leased, or operated
by Hunter College or its contractors.
Disputes arising under this policy involving employees
covered by collective bargaining agreements shall be resolved
under the complaints and grievance procedures of their respective
collective bargaining agreements. Complaints and disputes
involving excluded employees shall be resolved under The
City University of New York Smoking Dispute and Complaint
Employees of Hunter College or applicants for employment
at Hunter College who exercise or attempt to exercise any
rights granted under this policy shall not be subject to
retaliatory adverse personnel action. The Human Resources
Department, in consultation with the Environmental Safety
Committee, shall establish procedures to review complaints
of, and, in appropriate cases, provide for, the adequate
redress of an adverse personnel action taken against an
employee or applicant.