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Smoking on campus can harm students, employees, professors and children in the Child Care Center.

Having a tobacco-free campus is important to keep everyone safe from secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke will surely harm everyone, especially people with asthma or other health-compromised conditions.

Secondhand smoke results in diseases like lung cancer or even death. There are 438,000 deaths annually attributed to tobacco-related illnesses. Tobacco remains the leading cause of avoidable disease and deaths.

Currently, out of 112 California community college, four are tobacco-free, six are smoke-free, and 48 campuses are smoke-free with designated smoke areas. Is this enough?

As a student at Allan Hancock College, I see the only way to truly prevent the destruction of secondhand smoke is by having a 100-percent tobacco-free campus policy. Tobacco-free campus means smoking or use of any tobacco product is prohibited on campus. Tobacco-free campus policy can eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke in places dedicated to learning, and it will decrease tobacco-related litter.

Most importantly, a 100-percent tobacco-free campus will reduce the number of students who use tobacco. This is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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Most students, including me, want a healthy higher learning atmosphere at Allan Hancock College. It would nice to go to a school where the focus is on education, free from the worries of secondhand smoke.

Put 100-percent tobacco-free policy back on the activities list for the sustainability plan.

Regine Mae Daguio

Santa Maria

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