(Mirror Daily, United States) – It seems like smoking will no longer be an issue in the Yuba Community College District (YCCD) as starting from the 1st of August, new laws will prohibit the use of tobacco products in this area.
Even if Woodland Community College banned smoking a few years ago, Lake County and Yuba College haven’t done that until now. Last year, the YCCD Board of Trustees approved the new regulations after years of planning, surveys, and discussions which had started from 2012.
The coordination committee and the district consultation went through all the administrative procedures and recommended these changes on April 26 which will become active in the following months.
The Human Services Department and the Sutter County Health Department monitored and helped the officials to write these regulations that will prohibit smoking in the Yuba College campus.
These rules will be applied to all visitors, volunteers, vendors, students, and employees. Also, all other smoking devices will be banned including smokeless nicotine/tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, hookah, pipes, beedies, cloves, cigars, and cigarettes.
The procedure includes chewing, dipping, and using smokeless or mouth nicotine/tobacco as well. In addition to this, the California Senate is currently analyzing a new bill that will ban smoking and the use of tobacco products on all community college campuses from California starting from the 1st of January, 2018.
According to the Surgeon General of the United States, the risk of exposure to secondhand nicotine/tobacco smoke needs to be reduced as much as possible because right now the situation is quite critical.
It is also worth mentioning that secondhand nicotine/tobacco smoke was established as a public health threat and a group ‘A’ carcinogen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). There is no other class of carcinogen higher than ‘A,’ meaning that active measures must be taken as soon as possible.
Secondhand smoke was classified as a toxic air contaminant by the California Air Resources Board, so smoking is not just a health threat for smokers and non-smokers, but also a source of air pollution throughout the United States and the whole world.
Health officials have determined that smoking is strongly associated with a high risk of developing many health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer as well. This initiative must continue in order to raise awareness and educate the public regarding the real danger of nicotine addiction.
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