WILLIAMSVILLE—Smoking circles across Erie Community College’s tri-campus system are about to be extinguished.
Representatives of ECC joined personnel from the American Cancer Society, the National Center for Tobacco Research and Roswell Park to announce its campus-wide, tobacco-free policy—which will begin on January 1st, 2013—at a morning press conference on Wednesday, December 5th outside their North Campus's Gleasner Auditorium.
“All good things take time,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “This is something we've been trying to enact for a long time now, so we're happy to welcome this healthy change to our campuses.”
According to Quinn, this initiative will help the college provide a healthy, comfortable and safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The policy bans tobacco use in all ECC facilities and on all ECC property, and also bans the sale or advertisement of tobacco products in all ECC facilities and on all ECC property. The tobacco industry spends a reported $41 million dollars per day promoting their products, targeting teenagers and college-aged students.
“That's a tremendous number to deal with, but it gives an indication of the size and magnitude of the problem we're dealing with,” said Quinn. “We stand ready and willing to help anyone who'd like to join us in this fight.”
ECC is merely the latest Western New York college to go smoke-free, joining the likes of Buffalo State, Trocaire and Villa Maria inside a regional “no smoking” section that’s growing by the semester.
“One third of the college campuses in the state of New York are now either tobacco- or smoke-free, with strong policies in place,” said Jennifer Sullivan, director of strategic health alliances with the American Cancer Society. “One in four is completely tobacco-free, so I'm very excited to add ECC's name to those robust numbers.”
School officials and student service offices have pledged to make every effort to assist and encourage students and employees who wish to stop smoking, and will offer smoking cessation programs, accessible tobacco treatment, and counseling to all parties associated with the college.
The morning's announcement included remarks from Quinn and Sullivan, as well as Kimberly Bank of Roswell Park, and Ty Patterson, executive director of the National Center for Tobacco Research.
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state's SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC's faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.