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Yavapai College Develops New Smoking and Tobacco Use Policy

26 April 2016   Jennifer McCorkack

New Smoking and Tobacco Use Policy to go into effect at Yavapai College

The revised Yavapai College Smoking and Tobacco Use Policy will go into effect on August 22, 2016.  

The policy allows smoking on Yavapai College campuses within a limited number of designated outdoor areas. These areas are clearly marked with signage and furnished with tobacco product waste receptacles. Smoking includes, but is not limited to: carrying a lighted or smoldering cigarette, cigar, pipe, inhaling e-cigarettes, and vaporizers.   

Use of smokeless tobacco products, including but not limited to snuff and chew, is prohibited within college vehicles, buildings, and residence halls -- and within 25 feet of building entries, doors, windows, and air vents. 

"I want to thank the Smoking/Tobacco Committee, chaired by Human Resources Director, Monica Belknap,” said Yavapai College President, Dr. Penny Wills.  "The committee developed the policy after conducting open forums at various district campuses and receiving feedback from students, community members, faculty, and staff."   

The objective of the policy, added Wills, is to limit exposure to the harmful effects of primary and secondary smoke to campus students, visitors, and employees.

To view the official Yavapai College Smoking and Tobacco Use Policy, click here.  

Yavapai College, which opened in 1969, provides quality higher learning, cultural resources and economic development support for the diverse populations of Yavapai County. The College offers a wide range of academic programs to students at the College’s facilities in Prescott, Clarkdale (the Verde Valley Campus), Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Sedona and the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) near the Prescott Airport.