Gaston College goes tobacco free on New Year’s

As of the beginning of the year, Gaston College has gone tobacco free.

The college’s Student Government Association pushed for the ban that will take effect at all of the college’s campuses. The school’s board of trustees passed the measure in May.

“The health of the faculty and staff and everybody at the campus is the first reason for doing this,” said Dr. Sharon Starr, dean of Health Education at Gaston College. “All the community colleges that surround us are tobacco-free. We felt health-wise and for the future of the campus that this is something we needed to do.”

Students who violate the new rules will be punished as laid out in the Student Code of Conduct. Employees will also face disciplinary action if they break the rules.

To help students and faculty kick the habit, the school will offer free month-long cessation classes. Students’ families are also allowed to attend the classes.

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