North Seattle College Goes Tobacco-free Starting Fall Quarter

The North Seattle College campus became tobacco and smoke-free beginning September 28, 2015, the first day of Fall Quarter.

Discussions over whether the college should become a smoke-free campus have occurred since at least 1997. The college decided to go smokeless after significant study of the issue and recommendations by various committees, as well as passionate debate between those who feel smoking is a personal freedom issue versus those who feel smoking is a community health issue.

Campus leadership voted unanimously on this decision following a thorough overview of the college's smoke-free discussions and thoughtful dialogue regarding feedback in a college-wide survey last year—during which 70% of respondents voted in favor of going smoke-free. This decision is in step with what Public Health Seattle and King County recommends and puts North among the more than 1,000 colleges nation-wide that are now tobacco and smoke-free. It also reflects the wishes of North’s Student Administrative Council, which voted unanimously that the campus should be smoke-free.

In order to move forward with the initiative, the campus is forming an implementation team. Members of the implementation team will serve on a volunteer basis and meet once a month beginning in Fall Quarter. The implementation team’s mission will be to assess how the initiative is working.  There may be specific sub-teams active between meetings to address topics such as appropriate signage, communication of the initiative, smoking cessation resources, enforcement, and other topics.

Employees and students who would like to serve on the implementation team should contact North’s Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Stephanie Dykes at Stephanie.Dykes@seattlecolleges.edu

For more details about the tobacco-free charter, resources for quitting and an FAQ, see the tobacco-free web pages.

Posted on: October 7th, 2015 at 15:20:59

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