De Anza is a Smoke-Free Campus

Smoke-Free Policy

Smoking Area Flag

Foothill-De Anza District Policy: “In order to provide a safe learning and working environment for students and employees, smoking is prohibited in all indoor and outdoor campus locations, with the exception of designated areas,” and “In addition, designated areas for smoking will be clearly marked.”


Law, Policy, Fines...

The Law, Policy, and Fines: Designated Smoking Areas on Campus. Smoking outside of designated areas will result in the following fines:

  • First offense $25
  • Second offense $50
  • Third offense $75
  • Fourth or subsequent offense $75; may also result in student judicial proceedings

District Board Policy 3217 (revised March 12, 2012) and California Government Code Sec. 7596-7598 (amended Oct. 8, 2011) provide for the changes. Smoking fines are distributed 70% to District Police and 30% to Health Services stop-smoking programs. Look for the large red Smoking Area banners on campus to find De Anza's five designated smoking areas (see below). Table seating is included in each area.

Smoking (e-cigarettes included) is permitted only in the designated areas located near the following parking lots:  

  • Staff Lot A
  • Parking Lot B
  • Flint Parking Structure
  • Parking Lot E
  • For exact locations, look for the RED SMOKING AREA BANNERS on campus. 

Put Trash in its Place Cigarette Butts Are Litter!

Please do not leave cigarette butts on the ground in the designated smoking areas. Throw cigarette butts (and other trash) away at the nearest trash receptacle. Take pride in your campus and help keep it clean and beautiful!


Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?

For help with quiting smoking, check out the Health Center's Quit Smoking Program.

Other Online Resources:

Stop Smoking (American Lung Association)

California Smokers' Helpline (Californiasmokershelpline.org)

Re-learn Life Without Cigarettes (Becomanex.org)


About the Non-Smoking Areas Policy

As the result of a November 2004 survey of all students and employees, and the work of a districtwide committee, the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees approved a revised non-smoking areas policy on June 20, 2005.

In order to provide a safe learning and working environment for students and employees, smoking is prohibited in all indoor and outdoor campus locations, with the exception of designated smoking areas (see above). Read the full Non-Smoking Areas policy 3217.

(Santa Clara County Ordinance No. 625.4; City of Cupertino Ordinance No. 1647; Labor Code 6404.5; Approved 1/8/96; Amended 8/16/99, 12/2/02, 6/20/05)

Results of the Winter 2006 follow-up survey (MS Excel):
Overall results | Results by smoking status

Smoke-Free policies of other California Colleges and Universities. (new window)
From the California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN).



Smoking more deadly than thought... (1/17/2014)

"A new report from the surgeon general finds that smoking causes even more physical and financial damage than previously estimated, killing 480,000 Americans a year from diseases that include diabetes, colorectal cancer and liver cancer." (USAToday.com)

"In a broad review of scientific literature, the nation’s top doctor has concluded that cigarette smoking — long known to cause lung cancer and heart disease — also causes diabetes, colorectal and liver cancers, erectile dysfunction and ectopic pregnancy." (New York Times)

"5.6 Million Kids Alive Today Will Die Prematurely From Smoking" (The Sacramento Bee)



Study: Smoking employees cost employers $6,000 or more (6/3/2013)

"Smokers cost their employers nearly $6,000 a year more than staff who don’t smoke, researchers said on Monday in what they say is the first comprehensive look at the issue. And in what some might see as a dark twist, they've taken into account any savings that might come because smokers tend to die younger than non-smokers, drawing less in pension costs." (NBCNews.com)

Companies pay almost $6,000 extra per year for each employee who smokes, study finds (6/3/2013, Medicalxpress.com)



Study: Smoking shortens life span by at least 10 years (1/23/2013)

People who smoke take at least 10 years off their life expectancy, a new study has found.

"Women now lose about 11 years of life expectancy if they smoke," McAfee says. "Men lose about 12 years." He adds that it is presumed that women's smoking patterns are now more similar to men's in terms of picking up the habit at younger ages and smoking a larger number of cigarettes



Continued Evidence that Smoke-Free Laws are Working (11/5/2012)

First is an article published in the Archives of Internal Medicine that specifically links a decrease in incidence of myocardial infarction in one Minnesota county to the introduction of smoke-free workplace laws. In 2002 the law was enacted, and by 2007 all workplaces — including bars — had to be totally smoke free. The study looked at the rates of sudden cardiac death and myocardial infarction in the 18 months before the law took effect, and the 18 months after its final implementation.

The result was a drop in incidence of myocardial infarction from 150.8 to 100.7 per 100,000 population, and in sudden cardiac death dropped 17% percent from 109.1 to 92 per 100,000.

The second study is in the journal Circulation [American Heart Association], and is a meta-analysis of 45 studies looking at 33 smoke-free laws across the USA and the world. Overall, the study found that rapidly after the laws came into place, there was a 15% drop in heart attack hospitalizations, 16% decrease in stroke hospitalizations, and a 24% drop for respiratory diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Governor Brown signs AB795(10/8/2011)

The new law provides California’s public colleges and universities with tools to enforce existing campus smoking policies.

Office of Governor Brown

American Lung Association

Surgeon General's Report:

Even a single "puff" of tobacco is harmful.

The 704-page report, the 30th surgeon general's report to address tobacco, "validates earlier findings, expands and strengthens the science base, and describes in great detail the multiple ways that tobacco smoke damages every organ in the body, resulting in disease and death."

The Washington Post, 12/10/10
Fox News Latino, 12/10/10
Bloomberg Businessweek, 12/9/10

WHO: Secondhand Smoke Kills 600,000 a Year

From the World Health Organization: More than 600,000 death per year worldwide are caused by second-hand smoke (SHS) - this is more than 1% of all deaths. 165,000 of these deaths are among children.

New York Daily News, 11/26/10
USAToday, 11/26/10
The Times of India, 11/27/10

Another Reason to Stop Smoking: Alzheimer's risk spikes with smoking

Researchers analyzed health data of 21,123 Kaiser Permanente members. They found...

Compared with non-smokers, those who had smoked two packs of cigarettes a day increased their risk of developing Alzheimer's by more than 157% and had a 172% higher risk of developing vascular dementia.

USAToday, 10/25/10
Reuters, 10/25/10
Wall Street Journal, 10/25/10

Massive Reduction in Heart Attacks Reported

New, concrete evidence shows that in areas where smoking bans are in place, incidents of heart attacks drop dramatically:

UK Guardian, 9/21/2009
WebMD, 9/21/2009
BBC News, 9/21/2009

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