Health & Medicine

Sacramento State to go tobacco-free in 2015

Sacramento State will be a tobacco-free campus beginning in fall 2015, university officials announced Thursday afternoon.

The university’s president, Alexander Gonzalez, approved the ban and directed staff to develop a policy to prohibit all tobacco use, including smoking, tobacco chewing and the use of electronic cigarettes on the university’s grounds or in its vehicles.

The president’s overarching goal is to “promote health and wellness and a healthful educational environment at Sacramento State,” according to a news release.

Smoking is currently allowed at California State University, Sacramento, as long as it isn’t within 20 feet of a building, in Hornet Stadium or on major walkways.

Faculty, staff and students are more likely to quit smoking in an environment where tobacco use is prohibited, university officials said. Nearly 1,000 college campuses nationwide are tobacco-free, according to CSUS.

A majority of the school’s students are in favor of the tobacco ban, according to a survey conducted last spring by Associated Students Inc., the school’s student government. Seventy-one percent of the 3,420 respondents said they were in favor of banning tobacco on campus, according to a task force report.

UC Davis announced in June that tobacco use will be banned starting Jan. 1 on all university property as part of a University of California systemwide policy. The ban includes cigarettes, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes.

CSU Fullerton became the first CSU campus to ban smoking in August, though its policy allows the use of chewing tobacco. Although there is no systemwide prohibition on smoking, CSU officials said all its campuses are moving in that direction.

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