CFCC to Go Smoke-Free in August

College Trustees Approve New Tobacco-Free Policy

As of August 1, 2009, Cape Fear Community College will be going tobacco-free. On Jan. 22, the CFCC Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new policy banning the use of all tobacco products on all college property.

The primary reason for the new policy is concern for the health and safety of students, employees and visitors on campus. A secondary concern was the trash and fire hazard posed by discarded cigarettes and other tobacco products.

The policy will not go into effect for six months, so CFCC’s tobacco users may choose prepare for the change. The college will provide access to smoking cessation programs on campus before the policy is put in place later this summer.

CFCC has been consulting with other colleges and agencies which have gone smoke-free to find several options to help students and employees transition to a smoke-free environment.

Late last year, students sent a petition to college officials asking to designate a non smoking area in front of the Galehouse Building, which went into effect earlier this month.

CFCC is just the latest N.C. community college to go smoke free. About 18 of the 58 community colleges are already tobacco-free and several others are making plans to follow suit. Three UNC campuses have implemented a ban on tobacco products within 100 feet of the buildings.

A special implementation committee will be formed soon to help CFCC transition to a tobacco-free campus. More information will be available in the coming weeks.