STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
SUNY Central has been working for more than two years to encourage and assist their colleges and universities to adopt tobacco free campus policies. The NYS Colleges Tobacco Free Initiative has partnered with them to support that effort. Ty Patterson from the National Center for Tobacco Policy was contracted to provide technical assistance. Educational sessions featuring TY and other speakers have taken place all across the state. A survey of state-run SUNYs and community colleges was completed with the results suggesting that most of the SUNY schools that have yet to implement the policy are in the process of preparing their communities to do so. Click here to learn more and access SUNY tobacco free campus resources.
In June 2012, the SUNY Trustees voted to support legislation to make all of their campuses tobacco free. Legislation was introduced in both houses of the NYS Legislature last session and will be active once again for the second session of the two year NYS legislative cycle.
Proposed New York State legislation would require all state run SUNY campuses to be tobacco free on their property
Status at the end of 2013 session: A7277 – reported to Codes Committee, S4853 – Higher Education Committee
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the
use of tobacco at state-operated institutions of the state university
of New York
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Relates to the use of tobacco at
state-operated institutions of the state university of New York.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends Section 355 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 20. The bill prohibits the use of tobacco on all grounds and facilities owned,
leased or controlled by the state university or its related entities,
including indoor and outdoor locations.
It also prohibits the use of tobacco in vehicles owned or leased by
the state university or its related entities. For purposes of this
subdivision, the “related entities” of the state-operated institutions
of the state university are the foundations, auxiliary services
corporations, and alumni associations and subsidiaries thereof.
JUSTIFICATION: The Board of Trustees of the State University of New
York supports the efforts of the Chancellor’s Task Force for a
Tobacco-Free SUNY, which includes broad representation of SUNY’s
students, faculty, staff, campus administration, along with other
partners from the community, in an effort to lead a collaborative
implementation process of a Tobacco-Free SUNY policy. This is the
corresponding legislation that is needed to enact that policy.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: A.10683 referred to Higher Ed.
Committee FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect September 1, 2013.