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ECC Becomes Tobacco-Free Campus on August 1

Edgecombe Community College will become a tobacco-free campus on August 1.

As of August 1, the use of tobacco is prohibited by students, staff, faculty, or visitors

  • in all campus buildings, facilities, and vehicles owned by Edgecombe Community College;
  • on campus grounds and property owned by Edgecombe Community College;
  • at lecturers, conferences, meetings, social, and cultural events held on school property or school grounds.

“The college is committed to providing its employees and students with a safe and healthy environment,” says ECC President Dr. Deborah Lamm. “The college also recognizes the use of tobacco products on campus grounds as detrimental to the health and safety of employees, students, and visitors.”

For the purpose of the policy, tobacco includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless or spit tobacco, and snuff.

According to college officials, ECC adopted the policy for several reasons.

The college supports efforts to reduce tobacco use. Tobacco use is the single leading cause of preventable death and disease in North Carolina and in the U.S. However, despite successful efforts to decrease tobacco use among the state’s youth, 18-24 year olds are the only demographic group in which tobacco use rates are rising.

“By introducing these common-sense measures, Edgecombe is helping reduce serious health consequences of tobacco use among our students while also preparing them for the reality of an increasingly tobacco-free workplace,” says Michael Jordan, vice president of student services.

The new policy will provide a safe campus for students, visitors, and staff. “The college has an obligation to provide a safe learning and work environment for students and staff,” Jordan says.

Also, the new policy promotes a cleaner campus. “Discarded smoking materials litter school grounds and parking lots,” he explains.

“Cleaning or replacing items damaged by smoke and discarding smoking materials is costly. Decreasing tobacco use on campus will mean a cleaner environment for students, staff, and visitors,” Jordan adds.

Numerous resources are available to students and staff to help tobacco users prepare for the policy. They can take advantage of a free tobacco quitline that uses expert support to assist in quitting tobacco use. Also, the State Health Plan offers free over-the-counter nicotine patches to members.