Following a national trend in higher education, a new policy effective Aug. 1 prohibits the use of tobacco products at all Daytona State College instructional sites and other college property, except for inside one's personal vehicle. The prohibition includes all college employees, students and persons on college property.
The policy bans the use of any lighted tobacco or smokeless tobacco, and points to the college’s responsibility to provide a “safe, healthy and productive learning environment for students, employees and visitors."
Multiple surveys conducted in recent months show that a majority of Daytona State students, faculty and staff support a tobacco-free campus policy. A majority of those surveyed who said they do smoke indicated that they would like to quit, mirroring numerous state and national surveys of tobacco users. Tobacco-free Florida has compiled a list of organizations that offer free or low-cost smoking cessation programs for those who may need help quitting.
According to the American Non-Smokers’ Rights Foundation, as of July 8 this year there are at least 1,182 college campuses nationwide that have gone 100-percent smoke-free. Of these, 798 have gone entirely tobacco-free, with still more considering their own policies. Among them are nearly all institutions in the Central Florida region, which have already adopted tobacco-free campus policies or are considering them.