Tobacco Free Policy: Frequently Asked Questions

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Spartanburg County Public Libraries’ Tobacco Free Policy
Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does the policy state?

  2. Effective November 21, 2013 all branches of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries will be tobacco free.

  3. Does this policy mean I cannot use any type of tobacco product anywhere on the Spartanburg County Public Libraries’ grounds?

  4. Yes. The policy states that all tobacco products including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, pipes, cigars and e-cigarettes/vapor cigarettes are prohibited on the campuses of all Spartanburg County Public Libraries.

  5. Does this policy prohibit use of tobacco products in a vehicle that is on the grounds of any Spartanburg County Public Libraries’ campus?

  6. Yes.

  7. Does the Headquarters Branch as well as the other 9 Library Branch locations have to comply with this policy?

  8. Yes.

  9. What happens if a person fails to comply with this policy?

  10. A verbal or written warning may suspend your Library privileges.

  11. When will this policy become effective?

  12. The Spartanburg County Public Libraries are proud to become tobacco free effective Thursday, November 21, 2013.

  13. How do I make a complaint if someone is not in compliance with the policy?

  14. E-mail Todd Stephens at or call 864-596-3511.

  15. Will the Library offer a tobacco cessation program for their patrons?

  16. We support a free state-wide comprehensive tobacco free cessation program called Quit for Keeps. Dial 1-800-QUIT-NOW and sign up today. Or visit

  17. Have similar policies been enacted in other areas similar to ours?

  18. Yes, policies regulating tobacco products throughout the state of South Carolina are at other county libraries.

  19. Why was this policy created by the Spartanburg County Public Libraries?

  20. Numerous medical and scientific resources provide information showing that it is in the interest of the general public and of employees in the workplace for the Spartanburg County Public Libraries to address the harmful effects of secondhand tobacco smoke.

  21. What findings did the Spartanburg County Public Libraries make when considering this policy?

  22. We considered many facts regarding secondhand smoke, including a conclusion by the U.S. Surgeon General that a simple separation of smokers and non-smokers within the same airspace does not eliminate the exposure of non-smokers to secondhand smoke. Numerous medical and scientific studies show an increase in levels of exposure to secondhand smoke among the United States population over the past two decades. The health effects of secondhand smoke are numerous. Secondhand smoke causes disease and premature death in nonsmokers. Exposure to secondhand smoke by children leads to acute respiratory infections, asthma, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome. Unfortunately, workplaces have been shown to be locations of significant exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke by employees and the general public. Studies in other areas have determined that laws enforcing smoke-free workplaces and public places may be associated with a reduction in morbidity from heart disease. In addition, designated outdoor smoking areas result in nonsmokers finding themselves in close proximity on a continuing basis to persons who are smoking, and not merely passing by them. Tobacco Free Campus Policies are not solely designed to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke but are also in place to encourage employees and the general public to improve their health by quitting the use of tobacco products.