Pima Community College’s Governing Board has approved a policy restricting use of smoking, e-cigarette and tobacco products to designated areas on PCC property.

The new policy makes it easier for students, faculty and staff to avoid second-hand smoke.

At a meeting Dec. 11, the Board voted to approve Board Policy 2304, which had been submitted by PCC administration. The policy limits smoking, e-cigarette and tobacco product use to designated outside areas on PCC property, in order to comply with A.R.S. 36-601.01 (Smoke-Free Arizona Act), and related Pima County code provisions and City of Tucson ordinances.

Board Policy 2304 replaces SPG-2303/AA, which exceeded the minimum requirement of A.R.S. 36-601.01. The SPG prohibited smoking in all buildings owned or leased by PCC. It also banned smoking within 25 feet of entrances and exits, fresh-air grills, as well as in other seating areas such as baseball fields.

Designated smoking areas have been determined after gathering feedback from the College community. They will be ready for use in 2014.

These designated areas will have a defined perimeter and will be clearly marked with signage. Ashtrays and benches will be provided at each designated area. Also, all entrance signs will be updated to reflect the new policy.

In addition, the College will provide smoking-cessation information to students and employees.

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