New Tobacco Guidelines Make York Technical
College a Healthier Place to Learn
August 5, 2010
ROCK HILL—In response to overwhelming support from a majority of students, faculty, and staff, York Technical College has announced new guidelines that will significantly move the college toward becoming
The guidelines, approved by the college’s governing board
and effective on September 1, limit the use of tobacco products to personal vehicles. In taking the action, York Tech officials pointed to their responsibility to provide a safe and healthful environment for the college community. The change also applies to the college’s off-campus facilities, including its center in Chester. The Kershaw/Heath Springs center will follow Lancaster County’s tobacco use guidelines.
All forms of tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, are subject to
the new guidelines.
As it informs the college community of the change, York Tech is also providing information and programs to help students and employees stop using tobacco.
In October 2009, the college conducted an
extensive survey of students and employees on the subject of tobacco
use. The results showed that 77 percent of respondents indicated that they believe the college should do more to reduce tobacco use.
York Technical College President Dr. Greg Rutherford said he expects the college
community's support for the new guidelines to reflect the survey
"It's clear that most people who work and learn
here agree with the new guidelines," he said. "We have an obligation
to ensure that our campus is the most conducive to learning
it can be. The new tobacco guidelines are a contributor to that
For more information about York Tech's new
tobacco guidelines, contact Dean for Students Kelli Dawkins at (803)
Technical College /
452 South Anderson Road / Rock Hill, SC 29730