Aug 31, 201101:22 PMBlog

South Puget Sound Community College goes tobacco-free

Aug 31, 2011 - 01:22 PM
South Puget Sound Community College is kicking the proverbial habit. Beginning Sept. 19, the campus will be tobacco-free. The new policy, approved by the board of trustees during July, began as a student initiative in 2008.

"The students had indicated an interest in changing the way we handled smoking on campus," said Shelia Emery, chief human relations officer. "It's also a huge workload for security and our custodians and groundskeepers. All those things came together."
The new policy makes the campus tobacco free with one exception: tobacco use inside privately owned vehicles in parking lots on campus is allowed.
"It's got to be in your vehicle," said Lonnie Hatman, director of security. "Not anywhere else."
The policy applies to all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco. It also applies to "smokeless" and electronic cigarettes, so there's no confusion.


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