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RULE §703.20Certification of Tobacco-Free Policy for Grant Recipients

To be eligible to receive a Grant Award, a Grant Recipient shall certify that the entity has adopted and enforces a Tobacco-free workplace policy.

  (1) A Tobacco-free workplace policy will comply with the certification required by this section if the policy is adopted by the Grant Recipient's board of directors, governing body, or similar and, at a minimum, includes provisions:

    (A) Prohibiting the use of all Tobacco products by all employees and visitors to the property owned, operated, leased, occupied, or controlled by the Grant Recipient. For purposes of the Tobacco-free workplace policy, the Grant Recipient may designate the property to which the policy applies, so long as the workplace policy encompasses all buildings and structures where the Grant Award project is taking place as well as the sidewalks, parking lots, walkways, and attached parking structures immediately adjacent, but only to the extent the Grant Recipient owns, leases or controls the building, sidewalks, parking lots and parking structures.

    (B) Providing for and/or referring to Tobacco use cessation services for employees.

  (2) Upon request by a Grant Recipient and a showing of good cause, the Chief Executive Officer may authorize a waiver of compliance with this section. In the event that the requested waiver is necessary because Tobacco use is a required component of one or more research studies conducted at the entity, the Grant Recipient must specify the research project and location of the project. If approved, the waiver is effective only for the State fiscal year during which it was approved. CPRIT reserves the right to limit the waiver to a specific location or time period.

  (3) The certification and waiver requests addressed herein shall be submitted by the Grant Recipient via the Institute's electronic Grant Management System.

Source Note: The provisions of this §703.20 adopted to be effective February 8, 2012, 37 TexReg 498; amended to be effective March 2, 2014, 39 TexReg 1386; amended to be effective September 17, 2014, 39 TexReg 7342; amended to be effective March 9, 2016, 41 TexReg 1694

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