Tobacco Free Campus
The goal of the NC Tobacco Prevention & Control Branch of the NC Department of Health and Human Services is for 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.