St. Jude Vendors Code of Conduct Policies
As an international leader in pediatric cancer research and treatment, St. Jude has a responsibility to acknowledge the risks of smoking and tobacco use by establishing a tobacco-free environment for employees and visitors. Tobacco use is an established cause of lung cancer, oral cancer, lung diseases (e.g., emphysema, bronchitis, chronic airway obstruction) and many other illnesses. This policy outlines St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s (St. Jude) policy for use of tobacco products on the St. Jude campus.
Tobacco: Cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco products, as well as electronic cigarettes.
This policy applies to all employees, students, consultants, visitors, vendors and contractors working on the St. Jude campus.
- Smoking or the use of tobacco (including electronic cigarettes) is prohibited by employees in or on all St. Jude buildings, grounds, parking lots, vehicles (including employees’ personal vehicles) and near entrances/exits to St. Jude properties. (Employees should be mindful of painted markers on the sidewalk at each entrance/exit that show the point at which smoking is not permitted. These markers are necessary to protect campus air quality and promote safety by keeping entrances and exits clear of obstructions.)
- Employees who choose to use tobacco products must do so on their regularly scheduled meal breaks and rest periods off St. Jude property. Non-exempt (hourly) employees can walk off campus to smoke as long as they stay close to campus and return to work within 15 minutes. All employees leaving campus to smoke must abide by St. Jude policies regarding timekeeping [300.160 Timekeeping Regulations] and meal and rest periods [300.130 Meal and Rest Periods].
- Compliance with the policy is expected and adherence is a condition of continued employment with St. Jude. [600.010 Rules of Conduct]
- Tobacco cessation resources are available to St. Jude employees, and participation in these treatment programs is encouraged.
- Corrective action for infractions to this policy will begin with a verbal warning for first violations. Additional violations will result in a written warning, final written warning and termination on the fourth violation.