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Tobacco Free Campus

Why Tobacco-Free?

The goal of the NC Tobacco Prevention & Control Branch of the NC Department of Health and Human Services is Tobacco Free Campusfor 100% of all NC community colleges to be tobacco-free by April 2013.

In June 2011, the NC community college system had 30 tobacco-free campuses, not including Gaston College.

In 2010, Gaston College’s Student Government Association championed the initiative for Gaston College to become a tobacco-free campus. As a result, a campus-wide committee was organized that included representatives from SGA, Lincoln, Kimbrell, HR, Marketing, Security, Faculty & Staff Senates, Plant Operations, Grounds, Maintenance, Housekeeping, Health Promotions, and Students Services.

The committee met and received input from the College Community and devised a new tobacco-free policy. In May 2011, the College's Board of Trustees approved the new Tobacco-Free Campus policy.

Some of the advantages of the new policy include:

  • Provides a healthy, comfortable, and productive environment for students, employees, and visitors.
  • Provides a safer, cleaner, greener, and more attractive campus.
  • Provides the opportunity for tobacco users to quit or decrease the use of tobacco products, thus promoting better health.
  • Promotes direct and indirect savings through better health.
  • Allows for the re-assignment of resources to needs other than for the clean-up necessary due to tobacco use.


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