DSCC to adopt tobacco-free policy
Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 9:16 pm
As of Aug. 1, Dyersburg State Community College will adopt a tobacco free policy for its campus and centers.
According to the new policy, the use of tobacco in any form on or in property owned, rented or leased by DSCC is prohibited. The policy applies to the entire college community, including employees, students, contractors and visitors.
Tobacco usage will be permitted only in private vehicles parked on the campus or at a center. At present, smoking is allowed outside DSCC facilities in designated smoking area.
The policy, which has been under consideration since the fall of 2010, was approved by the DSCC Administrative Council at its meeting April 29. In April, prior to the council’s formal vote, the police was reviewed by and received the support of the college Student Government Association and the college academic honor society Phi Theta Kappa.
The tobacco free policy was adopted in an effort to promote a healthy environment free of tobacco-related smoke and debris. Studies show that more than 400,000 people die as a result of direct tobacco use.
Annually, DSCC maintenance services has dedicated hours to cleaning up tobacco debris. The Office of Student Services has also received complaints from those who do not use tobacco products about having to walk through entries clouded with smoke. Altogether, DSCC hopes that the policy will improve the health of its college community and will save money in its operations.
Published in The Messenger 6.20.11