Hopkinsville Community College (HCC) will join the growing list of U.S. colleges
and universities to adopt a tobacco-free campus policy, effective Jan. 1, 2013.
HCC administrators site their commitment to provide and maintain a safe and healthy
environment for students, employees and visitors as a major rationale for naming HCC
a tobacco-free institution.
Smoking has long been prohibited in HCCs buildings. HCC implemented a smoking policy
in 2008 that outlined four designated smoking areas. The new 2013 tobacco-free policy
will extend to prohibit all tobacco or e-tobacco products from being used on any college
property (owned or leased) or in any college facility.
A report issued by the United States Surgeon General concluded that there is no acceptable
level of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke.
In light on the recent passage of the Hopkinsville City smoking ordinance, it felt
like the ideal time for our college to reevaluate the tobacco usage policy, explained
HCC President Jim Selbe. A majority of HCC faculty, staff, and students do not smoke
or use tobacco products. We also have to consider that we have the presence of underage
students on campus.
Every member of the HCC community shares equally in the responsibility for adhering
to and respectfully enforcing the tobacco-free policy. College officials will continue
to examine policies at other higher education institutions and develop its own enforcement
plan over the next year or more.
According to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation (ANRF), there are smoke-free
colleges and universities in virtually every state. Nationwide, over 600 colleges
and universities have tobacco-free policies. As of October 2012, the ANRF has 12 Kentucky
colleges listed as having smoke or tobacco-free policies. View theANRFs state-by-state listing