August 2015 marked the one year anniversary of SCC’s implementation of designated smoking areas (DSAs). The Smoking Subcommittee of the Campus Safety Committee provided the opportunity for all students, staff and faculty to contribute feedback on the smoking issue via online surveys both pre- and post- implementation (February 2014 and April 2015).
Significant findings include:
- Efforts to communicate the new smoking standard on campus appear to be very effective, as 90% of respondents were aware of the current policy.
- There is a significant decrease (21%) between 2014 and 2015 in those who feel they are negatively affected by smoking on campus.
- There is a significant increase (20%) between 2014 and 2015 of respondents indicating that they are not affected by smoking on campus.
- Both the 2014 and 2015 surveys indicate support for a smoke-free campus: 49% in 2014, 50% in 2015 (with an additional 7% indicating a desire for a completely tobacco free campus.)
In the interim, the Los Rios Board of Trustees changed District smoking policy to allow campuses to become smoke free. American River College will be doing so beginning January 2016.
As an institution of higher learning, SCC recognizes its responsibility to promote and model healthy lifestyle choices that will contribute to the success of students as they move on to either their next educational institution or a work place where smoking will likely not be permitted.
Therefore, the Smoking Subcommittee of the Safety Committee recommends that SCC begin its next century as a smoke-free campus.