- Most of Broward College students and employees are non smokers. In a 2012 survey conducted by a partnership of the American
Lung Association, Transforming Our Community’s Health (TOUCH) and the Broward
Regional Health Planning Council, It was found that 75.3% of students, 71% of
faculty and 75.8% of staff do not smoke.
- Most Broward College students support a tobacco free policy. In the same 2012 study cited above, over 60% of Broward
College students polled said they support a tobacco free policy.
- Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United
States. Broward College cares about its
staff, students and community. The adoption of a tobacco free campus policy
shows that Broward College is working to provide an environment that encourages
healthy behaviors for all who study, work and visit our campuses.
- Second hand smoke is a health risk. Brief exposure to second hand smoke, is still harmful. Since 1964, approximately 2,500,000
nonsmokers have died from health problems associated with exposure to
secondhand smoke. Adopting a tobacco
free campus policy eliminates the risk of encountering second hand smoke on all
of Broward College’s campuses.
- Eliminate Tobacco Litter on Campus. Cigarette butts contain the same toxic chemicals that are found
in tobacco smoke. Butts left on the ground not only become an eyesore and take
away from the well maintained look and beautification efforts of our campuses,
but can release dangerous chemicals into waterways and can present a
significant fire risk.
Making Broward College tobacco free is everyone’s
responsibility. Supervisory and wellness staff as well as student ambassadors
have all been trained with knowledge of the tobacco free policy, its
enforcement and resources to help those who may need assistance in quitting
tobacco use. Look for student ambassadors and staff wearing t-shirts or
bracelets saying: Ask Me About Tobacco
Free BC to learn more about Broward College’s tobacco free policy.
Need more information or have suggestions?
To provide anonymous feedback regarding policy violations,
questions or concerns, volunteer to be a student ambassador or get more
involved with tobacco free events at BC, please click here to fill out our survey.