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.
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