College readies tobacco ban

Clatsop Community College will be a tobacco-free campus.

Clatsop Community College is preparing to go tobacco-free with the return of teachers Monday.

The college’s board of directors voted in March to adopt the policy because of health hazards. No smoking or use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices, will be allowed on campus, including parking lots.

“Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in this country,” Christopher Breitmeyer, the college president, said in a release. “As an institution of higher education, we strive to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty and staff to learn and work, and adopting a tobacco-free policy is an example of this commitment.”

The college is tearing down two on-campus smoking shelters before fall term begins Sept. 24, while erecting signs to identify campus boundaries and running a publicity campaign. Trash and ash receptacle locations will be placed near campus entry points along Jerome Avenue and 16th Street to encourage proper disposal of tobacco products.

While the policy advocates for people to stop smoking, the college is also exploring coping strategies and counseling to help with compliance.

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