CCBC Dundalk to go tobacco-free
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 12:34

Smoking on campus banned beginning July 1

by Nicole Rodman

    Beginning on Sunday, July 1, all of the campuses of the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) will be going tobacco-free.
    The CCBC Board of Trustees voted in March to implement the policy this summer.
   

The decision was made after a year of meetings and forums held at the college’s campuses in Dundalk, Essex and Catonsville.
    In a statement issued in the wake of the decision, CCBC president Sandra Kurtinitis explained the reasoning behind the new policy.
    “Our intent is to promote a healthy campus environment, ensuring that all members of our college community — including students, faculty, staff, visitors and guests — enjoy access to clean air,” she said.
    While the use of tobacco products will be prohibited on campus, a press release issued by the college notes that, beginning July 1, “tobacco products may be used only inside private vehicles on college parking lots outside the perimeter roadway, or within designated tobacco-use kiosks located on the campus perimeters.”
    Previously, smoking was banned inside all campus buildings and within 25 feet of buildings.
    Though the three main CCBC campuses will be completely smoke-free, CCBC Extension Centers at Hunt Valley, Owings Mills, Randallstown and Ridge will adhere to the former policy.
    Once the policy goes into effect, there will be a three-month grace period in which violators will receive a pamphlet on the college’s new policy, along with information on various smoking cessation programs.
    From October through December, violators will receive the same information, along with a warning.
    Beginning on Jan 1, 2013, anyone violating the no-smoking policy will be issued a $35 fine or removed from the campus.
    In order to assist smokers trying to quit, CCBC will provide smoking cessation classes.
    Offered in conjunction with the Baltimore County Department of Health, classes will be offered on campus, free of charge, to CCBC students, faculty and staff.
    For more information on CCBCs new tobacco policy, visit the web at www.ccbcmd.edu/tobaccofree.