On January 1, 2012, all property owned or leased by North Shore Community College will become smoke-free. This means that smoking will not be permitted in any building or outdoor area. We are making this change because the college is committed to creating and providing a safe and healthy educational environment for all people who study, work and visit our campuses. The decision, which was internally driven by the college’s student body and governing Coordinating Council, is an active response to the fact that tobacco smoke is a proven health hazard to both smokers and non-smokers alike, and that tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
Creating a smoke-free environment is also in keeping with the college’s core values and strategic directions of accessibility for all, respect and sustainability. It was always planned that when the Commonwealth’s first Zero Net Energy building opens on our Danvers campus in January 2012 it would be smoke-free as part of its green mission. Thus bringing the rest of our campus into similar compliance makes sense as we strive to be excellent environmental stewards.
NSCC understands the process of achieving a 100 percent smoke-free environment will take time and patience. The ultimate success of this policy depends upon the courtesy, respect, and cooperation of users and non-users of tobacco products. All staff, students and faculty members share the responsibility of creating a courteous atmosphere of self-enforcement.
We also realize that overcoming a dependence on tobacco can be extremely challenging. Thus NSCC will provide access and information to a variety of cessation programs and a wide range of supportive systems to help our students and staff successfully transition to a healthier lifestyle. A Web page has been created listing all of the resources available to help anyone who is interested in quitting smoking.
Thank you for your understanding and support as we go through this process, and for helping to make our smoke-free transition a success.