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Smoke-Free College

Folsom Lake College has established a smoke, tobacco and vapor-free learning and work environment on all its campuses, effective Aug. 1, 2016. The college's decision follows extensive conversations among the college community, including a survey about tobacco-related issues. In that survey, when asked "Would you support Folsom Lake College becoming a smoke/tobacco-free and vape-free campus?" 65% of students and 70% of employees answered "yes."

"FLC is committed to supporting the health and wellness of all its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Key to that commitment is establishing an environment free of all tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke," said President Rachel Rosenthal. "After reviewing our survey data, reading about the experiences of other colleges, and soliciting feedback from a multitude of groups and individuals, we have concluded that our mission is best served by establishing a smoke, tobacco, and vapor-free campus environment."

The new restrictions on the use of tobacco products apply to all Folsom Lake College sites - the main Folsom campus, the El Dorado Center in Placerville, and the Rancho Cordova Center. Smoking, the use of chewing tobacco and other smokeless tobacco products, the use of medical marijuana, and the use of unregulated products such as vaporizers and "e-cigarettes" will be prohibited in all indoor and outdoor spaces, parking lots, and college vehicles.

According to Los Rios Community College District Regulation 1411.5.10, Smoking is defined as inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or other product intended for inhalation, in any matter or in any form. Smoking also includes the use of e-cigarettes. An e-cigarette is any oral device that provides a vapor of nicotine or any other substance for inhalation. E-cigarettes do not include products approved by the United States Department of Food and Drug Administration for medical treatment.

The decision to become smoke and tobacco-free follows FLC's initial transition in Fall 2013 to only allow smoking in designated smoking areas on campus. With the support of the Los Rios Board of Trustees and Board President Deborah Ortiz, additional conversations led to efforts in early 2016 to assess the campus community's views on smoking and the option of moving in a smoke-free direction. In February 2016, FLC's Office of Institutional Research developed and administered a survey on the matter to all current students, faculty, classified, and administrative employees. Survey highlights include: 71% of students and 88% of employees are "very much" or "somewhat" concerned about the effects of secondhand smoke. Breathing secondhand smoke bothers 74% of students and 90% of employees "very much" or "somewhat." Completed surveys were returned by a total of 1,501 respondents (including 1,251 students, 212 employees, and 38 unknown).

Informational handouts can be downloaded and printed here.

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