According to a post on theIMG_20160315_162715 Sacramento Community College website, the campus is going smoke and tobacco free by the fall semester. The school is the last of the Los Rios colleges to go smoke free just as American River College and numerous other universities have.

This change comes after a survey completed last spring of both teachers and students in which around half said they would prefer a smoke-free campus.

“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,” says Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, President of Sacramento City College.

“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.”

As reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, since 1964, 2,500,000 non-smokers have contracted health problems due to secondhand smoke. The new smoke and tobacco-free campus would allow people to get less exposure to the harmful chemicals in cigarettes.  

“I think it’s good because it leaves the school contaminate free,” says Joshua Arevalo, a student attending Sacramento City College.  “It rids some of the pollution in the air. It won’t be good for the smokers though.”

In addition to cigarettes the new rule would also eliminate vaping from the campus. Vaping is a raising trend of inhaling tobacco-like chemicals. It is said by some to be less harmful than smoking because it does not contain as much nicotine as its deadly counterpart, the cigarette. As reported by the CDC, there has been an increase of e-cigarette use by youth- so much so vaping has become more popular than regular cigarette use.    

For additional information about this new rule, click here to visit the SCC website.