COTC IS TOBACCO FREE
As a part of our commitment to the health and wellbeing of faculty, staff, students and visitors, COTC became 100% tobacco free effective August 1, 2013, with the goals of reducing tobacco use, reducing health risks for non-smokers, cleaning up and protecting the campus environment, and becoming a healthier college.
Letter from the President
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:
This is to update you on our efforts to become a healthier college through a proposal to become tobacco free. Our plan is to have a Tobacco Free policy in place by August 1, 2013.
We have been interested in moving to 100% tobacco free and have been exploring that option for some time. As you may know, the buildings on our campuses have been smoke free since 1987. The idea to move to 100% tobacco free has been raised by many in education community. In July 2012, the Ohio Board of Regents passed a resolution recommending that all University System of Ohio schools go tobacco free and, in September 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a national initiative to eliminate tobacco use on college campuses. Further, the State of Ohio, Healthy Ohio Program, and the Ohio State Board of Education support tobacco free colleges and universities and are advocating for all campuses to go tobacco free.
Given our strong partnership with The Ohio State University, we have been and are continuing to work collaboratively with the university in the development and implementation of this proposal. During autumn semester 2012, a broad conversation about becoming tobacco free was initiated. The majority of the feedback supported a tobacco free campus and helped shape our current proposal. One of the next important steps will be to gather feedback on the proposed revisions to the college’s current smoke free policy and to develop a comprehensive implementation plan. It is important to note that Bill MacDonald, executive dean of Ohio State’s regional campuses & dean/director of Ohio State Newark, and Jackie Parrill, COTC’s vice president for institutional planning and human resources, are serving on the committee charged with developing the implementation plan for both the university and the college.
Both Bill and I personally believe that the move to 100% tobacco free is the right one. We are truly concerned with the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff. We acknowledge and support the findings of the Surgeon General that tobacco use in any form, active or passive, are significant health hazards. Along with the health hazards, we have had a growing problem with trash left behind by smokers, and complaints about individuals smoking near doorways and walkways. This policy will help to eliminate those issues, and will hopefully be a catalyst for employees and students to stop smoking or otherwise using tobacco.
More information will be made available online in the coming weeks and months. If you have questions or suggestions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D.
COTC Tobacco Free Policy
Tobacco Cessation Resources