On "Kick Butts Day," Chancellor Glasper Sends Reminder That All Maricopa Community College Campuses Will Go 100% Tobacco-Free On July 1, 2012
March 21, 2012 - TEMPE, AZ - The Maricopa Community Colleges are about to get healthier. Today is Kick Butts Day, an annual celebration that empowers youth to stand up to tobacco. Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Rufus Glasper took the opportunity to remind students, employees, faculty and visitors that, as of July 1, 2012, all campuses will be 100% tobacco-free.
"Last fall, we announced our BreatheEasy initiative, which will make all ten of our campuses, skill centers, satellite locations and the district office tobacco-free starting July 1," said Chancellor Glasper. "It's the right thing to do for the health of everyone who sets foot on our grounds. 'Kick Butts Day' offers an important reminder that it's better to never pick up the habit. But we are pleased to offer assistance for those who want to quit."
Starting July 1, no tobacco product - including smokeless tobacco products and e-cigarettes - can be used on any Maricopa Community College property.
- This includes buildings, walkways, and parking lots. The borders extend to the edges of the campuses and other District-leased or owned properties. The new policy will not extend to perimeter sidewalks (those located beside public thoroughfares).
- There will no longer be areas on campus designated for smoking or available ashtrays.
- Students and employees who violate the tobacco-free policy may be subject to consequences, as with any other student or employee policy violation.
"The goal of this policy," Chancellor Glasper continued, "is to provide a healthier learning and working environment."
Get Help to Quit
The Maricopa Community Colleges are connecting students and staff who want to quit tobacco with a number of resources, including on-campus cessation classes (a list is available on line at wellness.maricopa.edu/breatheeasy/resources), nicotine replacement therapies (i.e., the patch) in bookstores and the State's ASHLINE, which offers a supply of no-cost nicotine patches for those who qualify. For more information on quitting tobacco, call 1-800-556-6222 or visit www.ashline.org
The Maricopa County Community College District is one of the largest community college districts in the nation. It includes 10 colleges - Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Estrella Mountain Community College, GateWay Community College, Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix College, Rio Salado College, Scottsdale Community College and South Mountain Community College. The District also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, several satellite campuses and business/industry; technical and customized training institutes.