Smoke & Tobacco-Free CA Community Colleges
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California's Community College students are being left behind. It is unfair and unjust that students that attend four-year universities are being protected from secondhand smoke and a smoking and vaping culture, while California Community Colleges students are not. Meanwhile, the tobacco industry has worked for decades to infiltrate specific populations and encourage a culture of tobacco use.
California's community colleges can help close the gap and address this striking disparity by adopting a system-wide 100% smoke and tobacco-free policy. Decades of research has shown that these policies change tobacco use norms and reduce the rates of tobacco use and the devastating illness and disease that tobacco use causes. Smoke and tobacco-free policies help those who want to quit, quit, they help those who continue to use, to use less, and they prevent young people from becoming regular addicted users in the first place.
Diona Shelbourne is a community college student, and tobacco-free activist, who suffers from a lung disease that means that her life is put in danger each time she is exposed to secondhand smoke. She has been taken to the emergency room several times from exposure to secondhand smoke on campus.
To address these injustices, Diona and other members of the CCC Black Student Caucus, alongside a statewide coalition of students called COUGH (Campuses Organized and United for Good Health), have launched a system-wide campaign targeting the CCC Board of Governors to adopt a system-wide smoke and tobacco-free policy for California's Community Colleges.
Tell the Board of Governors that community college students deserve the same protections as their 4-year peers!
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