Smoke-Free Policy Takes Effect January 2; Cessation Resources Available

All Austin Community College District campuses and facilities will be smoke-free beginning January 2. In order to help students and employees comply with the new policy, the college is making smoking-cessation resources available.

The college is partnering with the Seton Tobacco Education Resource Center to offer free cessation classes. The next six-week session begins January 10; classes will be Tuesdays at Highland Business Center from noon to 1 p.m. The program is open to students and employees as well as employees’ spouses and dependent children age 18 and older.

“ACC understands the challenges faced by people who want to stop smoking,” says Dr. Mary Hensley, executive vice president of college operations. “We are committed to providing support and making our students and employees aware of resources that can assist them.”

ACC is already smoke-free inside buildings. The new policy, approved by the Board of Trustees in October, also prohibits the use of smoke-producing tobacco on college grounds and in ACC-owned vehicles. Signage with reminders about the change will go up over winter break.

Contact Alisol Martinez (223.7800, avaldez1@austincc.edu) or visit the Human Resources webpage for additional details about the tobacco education classes and other cessation information.

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