Langara College is celebrating its clear air! The Vancouver campus has been smoke-free for one month now, after the college adopted a smoke-free policy May 1, 2018 as part of its ongoing work to create an environment that promotes the overall health and wellness of its campus community members. The new policy prohibits smoking and vaping everywhere on campus and applies to all visitors as well as staff, students, and faculty.
“The response from our community has been very positive,” said Dawn Palmer, vice president of people services at Langara College. “We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the support this initiative has received.”
When surveyed, 74% of students and staff at Langara support a smoke-free campus.
Smoking bans in public places are recognized as the most effective way to reduce second-hand smoke; they have been shown to decrease tobacco consumption, reduce serious health-related hospital admissions, increase quit attempts, lengthen the time between relapse, and boost quit rates.
“We are encouraged by the substantial work that Langara College has put into making a smoke-free campus a reality,” said Dr. Réka Gustafson, medical health officer at Vancouver Coastal Health. “There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke. Thus, creating smoke-free places is important to protecting students and staff from the harms of exposure to second-hand smoke.”
Tobacco use is a risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.
To read the news release from Langara College visit the Langara website.
VCH and the BC Government have many ways to help you quit smoking.
May 31 marks World No Tobacco Day.