Today, Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) joined many other Florida College System institutions and other Florida private and public universities in providing students, faculty and staff a tobacco and smoke free environment.
The PHSC District Board of Trustees voted unanimously, last November, to prohibit smoking and the use of tobacco products collegewide. “The policy further promotes a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, students and the community,” said Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., PHSC president.
The new policy states smoking or use of tobacco products, objects or devices, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, electronic cigars or smokeless tobacco products are prohibited on all Pasco-Hernando State College campuses. This includes inside buildings, and anywhere on campus grounds, such as sidewalks, athletic fields and parking lots.
“Since November’s announcement of the new tobacco-free policy, we partnered with the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County and in Hernando County to promote the policy and provide faculty, staff, students and the community resources to assist them with the transition to a tobacco and smoke free environment,” said Beard. Opportunities to attend free smoking cessation programs and other resources from area agencies will continue to be posted on the college website at www.phsc.edu/tobacco-free.
Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) serves the educational needs and interests of its community by awarding certificates, diplomas, associate and baccalaureate degrees. As a comprehensive, multicampus learning-centered institution, PHSC utilizes various instructional modalities and support services. PHSC provides an accessible, diverse teaching and learning environment rich with opportunities for students to achieve academic success and cultural growth in a global society.