CCBC part of a larger trend of tobacco ban in schools

The Community College of Baltimore County is planning to put out the tobacco on campus from July 1, continuing a trend already found in many other schools in the district of Baltimore.

Once the policy becomes effective, the school will allow the use of tobacco products only in private vehicles in college parking lot outside the roadway, or on the perimeter within designated stalls are located along the roadway.

Tobacco users are located outside these areas in Catonsville, Dundalk and Essex campuses during the first six months of the ban will receive oral and written warnings, said Hope Davis, a spokesman for the school.

After January 1, violation will result in $ 35 citations, she said.

“We believe that this is what’s really good for college,” Davis said. “We hope to move towards smoking and make a better environment for all.”

Until July 1, tobacco has been limited for at least 25 meters from the buildings of schools, Davis said.

The new policy does not affect the satellite sites in schools Hunt Valley, Owings Mills, Randallstown, or Ridge Road, where 25-foot minimum on the spot.

The college, which has more than 70,000 students, offering cessation classes fall on each of the campuses of the school, Davis said.

The school cooperates with the Baltimore County Department of Health to ensure that teachers and staff to participate in these classes, even if it occurs during their work, Davis said.

When asked to respond to the new policy, Davis said that it is difficult to assess before the policy goes into affect.

“I have not heard a lot of negativity about politics yet,” Davis said. “But I did not know he hit man. We probably know a little more after July 1, and students will return in full force in the autumn.”

Vivienne Stearns, Elliott, a spokesman for the Maryland Chapter of the American Cancer Society, called the ban of tobacco products at school, “probably, the trend” among colleges and universities in this area.

She used the Towson University as an example of a college that banned the use of tobacco products on campus. Towson opened its ban in August 2010, prohibits smoking in all buildings and all external grounds owned or run by universities.

“This is an encouraging sign each time a different campus decides to do it”, Stearns, said Elliott. “This is a trend, and you’ll often hear about the ban.”

Stearns, Elliott said that the American Cancer Society does not keep statistics on the number of institutions that prohibit the use of tobacco.

The use of tobacco and tobacco smoke contributes a third of all cancer cases, she said.

Of the 160,000 deaths from lung cancer each year in the United States, Stearns, said Elliott 3400 non-smoking adults die of the disease due to passive smoking.

In 2008, theUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County, adopted policies to prevent smoking within 20 feet of all building openings, including doorways, windows and ventilation systems of consumption.

Elyse Ashburn, spokesman for UMBC, said that smoking is also prohibited on the patio outside the community and at school, “Main Street” area, which extends from the library on the next street, which has a wellness activity.

Ashburn said that the signs indicate areas where smoking is permitted.

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