Smoking Survey Results

The Smoking Subcommittee of the SCC Campus Safety Committee provided the opportunity for all students, staff and faculty to contribute feedback on the smoking issue via two online surveys. The first survey was done in February 2014 which resulted in the implementation of the Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs) in August 2015. The second survey in April 2015 led to SCC becoming a Smoke/Tobacco/Vape Free campus in August 2016. A synopsis of the significant findings are below.

  • The 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%) from 2014 to 2015 in those who feel they are negatively affected by smoking on campus. [66 to 45]
  • There is a significant increase (20%) from 2014 to 2015 of respondents indicating that they are not affected by smoking on campus. [26 to 46]
  • Both the 2014 and 2015 surveys indicate support for a smoke-free campus. (2014 = 49%, 2015 = 50% smoke free + 7% smoke and tobacco free = 57%).
  • In response to the degree of positive change on the campus from 2014 to 2015, 54% indicated that it has ‘improved’ or ‘greatly improved’.
  • Although significant progress has been made in making SCC a healthier campus, 63% still feel that stronger actions are needed to reduce second hand smoke on campus.
  • Over 50% of respondents would like to see stronger enforcement of the new smoking standard, and 51% indicate using fines (money) as the preferred method of enforcement.

These results demonstrate that, through the implementation of DSAs, the campus environment has significantly improved. At the same time, it is clear that there is room for further improvement.

What has changed since the DSAs were implemented?

  • The Los Rios Board of Trustees has changed the district smoking policy to allow campuses to become smoke free.
  • Our sister colleges American River, Cosumnes River and Folsom Lake are also smoke-tobacco-vape free.

As an institution of higher learning, we recognize our responsibility to promote and model healthy life style choices that will contribute to the success of our 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 SCC Safety Committee recommends that Sacramento City College begin its next century Smoke Free.