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Erie Community College to be tobacco free on all campuses

BUFFALO - Erie Community College will enact a tobacco-free policy on all three of it Western New York campuses on January 1, 2013. This initiative will help ECC provide a healthy, comfortable and safe tobacco-free environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors.

The new policy, recently approved by ECC’s Board of Trustees, has the support of ECC’s College Senate, Student Government Association, Wellness Committee and four bargaining units. The policy bans tobacco use in all ECC facilities and on all ECC property. It also bans the sale or advertisement of tobacco products in all ECC facilities and on all ECC property.

Health risks associated with smoking are well documented. Research findings show that tobacco use, including smoking and breathing secondhand smoke, constitutes a significant health hazard. Smoking also contributes to institutional costs including fire damage, cleaning and maintenance, and costs associated with employee absenteeism, health care and medical insurance.

The tobacco industry spends a reported $14 million per day promoting its products, targeting young people, specifically college students.

The college will make every effort to assist and encourage students and employees who wish to stop smoking and will offer smoking cessation programs, accessible tobacco treatment and counseling to all parties associated with the college
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