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Campus Smoking Policy

The GMC Campus Smoking Policy limits smoking to designated areas on all College owned or leased property. This includes Killington Lodge and High Ridge and the Deane Preserve. Smoking is prohibited near buildings, walking across campus and on the college land along the Poultney River. On the Poultney campus, six locations have been designated “smoking-permitted areas." Temporary shelters are at these locations.

Much time and consideration was placed in determining the new locations, which were developed through a joint effort between Student Senate, Residence Life, and Campus Security.

Smoking-Permitted Areas: (view campus map)

  • South of Dunton Hall

  • South of the Maintenance building

  • West of Cree Hall

  • South of Griswold Library

At Killington, the parking areas for Killington Lodge and High Ridge will serve as designated smoking areas.

From President Paul Fonteyn:

"Our primary desire is to protect all who live, work, study or visit the campus from a major health concern: secondhand smoke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that secondhand smoke contains more than 50 cancer-causing agents and is responsible each year for an estimated 3,000 lung cancer deaths and more than 35,000 coronary heart disease deaths among nonsmokers in the United States. Secondhand smoke may be even more harmful than mainstream smoke because it is formed at lower temperatures, thereby giving off even larger amounts of some cancer-causing substances.

Our decision not to prohibit smoking entirely is both pragmatic and principled. Denying those who smoke any outlet will likely prove counterproductive and prompt both resentment and violation of the policy. As importantly, mutual respect for our fellow community members leads us to a solution that addresses the concerns of both smokers and nonsmokers. In closing, I ask for your cooperation to this effort – an effort that will benefit all of us."

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