Tri-C Will Soon Be Completely Smoke Free

[image-1]At a meeting Thursday, the Cuyahoga Community College board of trustees voted to adopt a policy whereby Tri-C's multiple campuses would become 100 percent tobacco free. 

“Our new tobacco-free policy will ensure that students and faculty at Tri-C have fresh air and a healthy learning environment,” said Alex Johnson, president of the College, in a news release. “It will contribute to the well-being of our colleagues, safeguard the environment and assist those who desire to cease using tobacco products.”

Those products include not just cigarettes and cigars, but e-cigarettes and even hookahs. The policy will go into effect Aug. 8 for campus buildings and grounds, including parking lots. 

Tri-C is enacting the policy after receiving a grant from the Truth Foundation, ostensibly "helping community colleges kick their tobacco-free campus efforts into gear."

Cleveland State University became tobacco free in 2013, and Kent State plans to enact a similar policy next summer. 

In related news, a law took effect last month in the city of Cleveland whereby people under the age of 21 can no longer purchase tobacco products. 

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