Great American Smokeout Nov. 20

The Great American Smokeout is on Thursday, Nov. 20. Each year, the American Cancer Society asks smokers to quit smoking for one day, on the third Thursday of November.

To support this national effort, Sacramento City College Health Services and STAND will be in the Quad at the main campus on Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to provide information about smoking cessation.

At the beginning of the fall semester, SCC also implemented a total of eight Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs) at the main campus and the Davis and West Sacramento educational centers in response to health and environmental concerns.

Recently, SCC was recognized by the Sacramento County Tobacco Control Coalition for creating the smoking areas.

College nurse Wendy Gomez, who spearheaded the campus effort, accepted the award on behalf of SCC at the Tobacco Control Coalition’s 17th Annual Recognition Meeting. The coalition operates under the County Department of Health and Human Services.

The need to address smoking concerns on campus came about through a formal complaint and the issue moved through the college’s shared governance process. A survey was conducted to hear the opinions of students and employees. Based on the results of the survey and feedback from SCC’s participatory governance groups, the new campus environmental standard was created and the Designated Smoking Areas were formed. Under the new standard, smoking at the college and its learning centers is allowed only at Designated Smoking Areas.

The DSAs are enforced in tandem with the Los Rios Community College District’s longstanding policy of no smoking within 30 feet of building entrances, outdoor air intakes and operable windows.

DSA locations and additional information can be found online at www.scc.losrios.edu/healthservices/smokingmatters.