PCC Health and Wellness and student volunteers joined in the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout by participating in a campus cigarette butt clean-up. In January 2014, PCC implemented a smoke-free policy. This banned all forms of smoking on campus grounds. However, in only two hours, volunteers collected a staggering 6,000 cigarettes, illustrating that student smoking is still an issue. Student Ivy Liang heard about the volunteer event through Scholars Club. “I participated because I felt it was meaningful,” said Liang. “I am surprised …
PCC student smokers that missed the Great American Smokeout last week don’t have to wait another year before quitting.
You may have noticed that there is an absurd amount of cigarette butts littered around the perimeter of the PCC campus. This is because on January 1, 2014, PCC became an entirely smoke free campus, and smokers are forced to retreat beyond the school’s boundaries to enjoy a cigarette. But how much harm is this ban reducing?
“We just want to be healthier,” says Jo Buczko co-chair of the health and safety committee here on campus, “and if you ever walked behind a smoker you would know that it’s uncomfortable.”
Recently The Board of Trustees approved a proposal by the Health and Safety Committee that will make Pasadena City College smoke-free beginning in January of next year.
According to a poll sent out by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness in May and June of 2013, 61 percent of PCC want a change in the smoking policy, while 33 percent want no change.
Students share their opinion about smoking regulations.
The Health and Safety committee is working toward a proposal to have the college become a smoke free campus.
The Associated Students will hold a town hall meeting Jan 24 to discuss student problems with transferring credits to colleges after the elimination of winter intersession, and the feasibility of changing the smoking policy on campus.
The dismal three areas designated for smokers on campus are about to get a facelift.
Immediate plans to upgrade the smoking sites were discussed Tuesday by the reconstituted Health and Safety Committee.