Jefferson College to become tobacco free
In order to promote region-wide public health and safety, Jefferson College will become a smoke-free and tobacco-free environment with the start of the fall semester on August 18.
The policy, approved by the college’s Board of Trustees in June of 2013, prohibits the use of tobacco and all smoke-related products (including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, smokeless/chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes, herbal smoke products, hookahs, and beedies) in all college locations other than inside personal vehicles.
It applies to all students, college employees, contractors, performers, and campus visitors. Violators will be subject to a $25 fine under tickets issued by the Jefferson College Campus Police Department.
The college began communicating about the change to students, faculty and staff through announcements and marketing materials when the policy was approved last year.
The year-long transition has also consisted of health-related information, multiple smoking cessation programs, and temporary designated smoking areas, as the college is poised to become a healthier place to learn, live and work.
As the fall semester begins, signage will be placed along college roadways, near building entrances and walkways, and in locations that were previously designated as temporary smoking areas.
Reminders about the new policy will also be included in college publications and on the Jefferson College website.
In becoming a smoke-free/tobacco-free campus, Jefferson College will join 1,372 colleges and universities across the U.S. that has adopted such policies.