Sacramento City College President Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery announced on Dec. 11 that as of the Fall 2016 Semester, the college would become a smoke- and tobacco-free campus, like that at American River College and most other universities in the area. This is more than one year after the college went to designated smoking areas around campus, and after student and employee surveys in the Spring 2015 semester.
The text of Dr. Jeffery’s memo, sent to both students and employees on Dec. 11, is below:
I am pleased to announce that all campuses of Sacramento City College will become smoke-free and tobacco-free in Fall 2016. The most recent smoking survey results conducted during the Spring 2015 semester demonstrates support for this healthy change. Although the survey did not ask for a vote on the combination of smoke-free and tobacco- free (tobacco-free refers to all forms of tobacco products including, but not limited to, smoking, electronic smoking devices, and chewing tobacco), the results indicated 50.3% in favor of a smoke-free campus and 7.3% in favor of a tobacco-free campus. Survey results include responses from students, faculty, staff and administrators.
In addition to being harmful to health, addiction to any form of tobacco is difficult to manage in the workplace and no longer allowed at most four-year colleges and universities. By being a smoke-free and tobacco-free institution, we will be promoting the type of healthy lifestyle that increases our students’ chances at success in life after SCC.
Starting in Spring 2016, a campaign will begin to communicate that SCC will be a smoke-free and tobacco-free environment. Information on cessation resources will be made available. The shelters presently set up in Designated Smoking Areas at SCC campuses will be repurposed. At the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester, SCC will be a smoke-free and tobacco-free institution.
For resources to help end nicotine dependence, visit www.scc.losrios.edu/healthservices/smoking-cessation-resources.