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Green River Campuses Tobacco-Free in 2013

Green River is the fourth Washington state community college to ban tobacco use and the second in less than four months.

Green River Community College’s ban on tobacco goes into effect on New Year’s Day, a college news release said today.

The new policy means that the use of any tobacco products including cigarettes and e-cigarettes, cigars or pipes, and smokeless or chewing tobacco are prohibited on any Green River property. Users will still be able to smoke or use tobacco in their personal vehicles.

“A tobacco-free campus creates a healthier environment for all of us and will hopefully help people who want to quit using tobacco,” said Green River President Eileen Ely.

Green River is the fourth Washington state community college to ban tobacco use and the second in less than four months. Everett Community College went tobacco-free on Sept. 1.

President Eileen Ely announced the policy the week before the start of fall quarter on Sept. 18. Since then, Green River has been preparing the college community for the implementation of the policy through outreach activities, health fairs and promotion of smoking cessation options.

More than 70 percent of Green River students voted in favor of a smoking ban during the 2011 campus elections. Students, faculty and staff cite that many people choose not to use the designated smoking areas and frequently smoke on their way to classes.  Facilities management spends a lot of time cleaning up cigarette butts and chewing tobacco spittle all across campus in entryways, stairwells and on walkways.

Green River will become the ninth Washington college campus to go 100 percent smoke-free. According to the American Lung Association, more than 285 schools nationwide ban tobacco use.

Sharon December 31, 2012 at 07:28 PM
If they are going to ban e-cigs, then they should ban other nicotine replacement methods of quitting smoking, like the patch and gum! No smoke, no mess...what's their excuse other than ignorance? It "looks" like smoking?? Come on people.
Bill Otto January 01, 2013 at 05:41 PM
How about Marijuana? Now that is is unfortunately legal in WA!
Dale January 01, 2013 at 08:45 PM
An e-cig isn't neccessarily a nicotine replacement used for actually quitting in my opinion is it? And pot is not legal on campus either anyway as any state institution i think is under federal law...I should investigate further to take care of my ignorance first though.
Phil Konigsberg January 03, 2013 at 09:15 AM
"Green River will become the ninth Washington college campus to go 100 percent smoke-free. According to the American Lung Association, more than 285 schools nationwide ban tobacco use." Here is some updated information for your readers: As of yesterday, there are 1,130 colleges and universities in the USA with a 100% smokefree campus, of which 766 are tobacco free. As for Washington, there are now 11 smokefree campuses that are 100% smokefree.

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