On July 1, 2014, Edmonds Community College will be joining the 51 campuses in the Pacific Northwest that have already gone smoke- or tobacco-free and the more than 1,130 campuses nationwide that, according to the Americans for Nonsmoker’s Rights Foundation, have a 100 percent smoke- or tobacco-free policy in place.
“One of our endeavors as a college is to provide a safe, healthy, and professional environment that fosters creativity, learning, and personal growth,” said Matt Munson, Wellness and Health Promotion Project Coordinator at Edmonds Community College.
The college has put together a task force — made up of college students and employees as well as representatives from the Snohomish County Health District and the American Cancer Society — to design and develop a policy and plan for the transition. The policy will be voted on by the Edmonds CC Board of Trustees in the spring.
“We are in a unique position to not only train tomorrow’s workforce, but also to empower that workforce to move seamlessly into tobacco free jobs, housing, and other environments,” said Jean Hernandez, Edmonds CC President. “As we look to graduate healthy students and employ healthy employees, we needed to examine the role of tobacco within our community.”
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