Saddleback College became a smoke-free campus, beginning fall semester 2015.

This new policy was approved by the Board of Trustees and is supported by the Associated Student Government, the Academy Senate, the Classified Senate, and the Consultations Council. They all agreed the measure contributes to the health and wellness of the different communities at school.

Smoking is already prohibited within 25 feet of any Saddleback College buildings. Other education campuses in Orange County like CSU Fullerton and UC Irvine went smoke-free later.

This policy means that all cigarette/tobacco products will be prohibited within all college facilities and properties. It includes any type of cigarette, cigar, or pipe as well as electronic/vapor cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

Second-hand smoke (SHS), the smoke that comes from the burning end of a cigarette, cigar, or pipe, contains substances that increase the risk of some cancers and other health conditions.

Third-hand smoke contains more than 250 chemicals that stay on your clothes, hair, rugs, curtains, equipment, vehicles, and every surface.

But studies show that the smoke from the burning end of a cigarette has more toxins than the smoke inhaled by the smoker. Therefore, when nonsmoking adults and children inhale, ingest, or touch substances containing third-hand smoke they may place themselves at increased risk for tobacco-related health problems.

According to data from the Surgeon General’s reports, SHS is responsible since 1964, for approximately 2.5 million of nonsmokers who have died from health problems caused by exposure to SHS.

In the US, the costs of extra medical care, illness, and death caused by SHS are over $10 billion per year.

The policy will contribute to the health and wellness of the students, administration, and teaching personnel, and became effective beginning August 17, 2015.

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