Students at Ashland Community and Technical College this fall will see signs reminding them of a tobacco-free policy that went into effect August 1, 2011
The tobacco free, smoke free policy bans the use of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and snuff, on any campus property, inside and outside, including cars in college parking lots. The ban on tobacco in cars will be enforced gently at first, giving tobacco users time to adjust to the new regulation.
ACTC has added a Tobacco-Free Campus page to its Web site, with additional information about the policy, including resources for those wishing to stop using tobacco. The policy is in its initial phase of implementation and will be refined, along with the web site, throughout the coming year.
According to the American Lung Association, 246 colleges and universities in the nation are completely tobacco free. More than 200 other higher education institutions are smoke free, and many more are considering limitation on campus tobacco use.