CDC: More college campuses are tobacco or smoke free

Weatherford College is one of more than 2,000 colleges that is smoke and tobacco-free.

More college and university campuses are enforcing smoke-free or tobacco-free policies.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that at least 2,082 U.S. colleges and universities are smoke-free or tobacco-free in all indoor and outdoor areas as of November 2017. This number has more than doubled compared to 2012.

Weatherford College’s policy prohibiting tobacco products was created by the board of trustees about five years ago, WC Police Chief Paul Stone said.

E-cigarettes and vaporizers were added to the policy a few years later, WC Public Relations Coordinator Crystal Brown Woerly said.

Stone said smoking has effectively stopped at the inner part of campus. Sometimes officers still have to tell people not smoke on campus, but it doesn’t happen daily, he said.

According to the CDC, smoke-free and tobacco-free policies help promote health to students faculty and community members by protecting nonsmokers from smoke or e-cigarette aerosol. The policies support quitting and starting smoking.

The main goal of WC’s policy is to promote a healthy environment for students, faculty, staff and others, Stone said.

“It makes for a more pleasant environment for the students,” Woerly said.