AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Community College is expanding it’s smoke-free policy to include prohibiting vapor products, such as electronic cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco. The college’s board of trustees approved the measure this week, and the policy will go into effect Jan. 5, 2015.
“We want to maintain a healthy and safe environment for our students and employees,” says Dr. Mary Hensley, ACC executive vice president of college operations. “Research indicates that smokeless tobacco products pose significant health hazards, causing cancer and other diseases.”
ACC’s current policy prohibits the use of smoke-producing tobacco in district facilities, on college grounds and in college-owned vehicles.
There are currently more than 1,400 smoke-free campuses in the nation, according to ACC, 975 of which are tobacco-free.
This week’s vote also extends an existing policy that bans tobacco related advertising advertising and sponsorship at ACC events and in college publications to include smoke, nicotine vapor and related products, the college said in a release.
The school says they will put up signage around campus and provide informational materials when the new ban goes into effect.