On July 1, 2012, CGCC, along with the other nine Maricopa Community Colleges across the District, will join more than 500 other colleges and universities that have become smoke-free, tobacco-free, or both.
Maricopa Community College District Chancellor Dr. Rufus Glasper announced Maricopa BreatheEasy, a healthy-living initiative, in November 2011.
“As an educational institution, it’s our job to lead the way for the members of our community,” said Glasper. “We recognize that making our properties smoke-free and tobacco-free will mean that some employees and students will have to change their habits, and we want to help them do so.”
Among other things, the District will provide a robust schedule of smoking cessation programs as well as working with college bookstores to ensure that nicotine gum and lozenges will be available for sale to help students, employees and visitors who are fighting nicotine cravings.
Glasper said the District is announced the policy change well in advance of its implementation to give students and employees who use tobacco products plenty of time to decide how to adjust to this change. On July 1, 2012, employees and students who continue to use tobacco will have the choice of not using it on District property, or taking breaks off-property.
As part of the BreatheEasy initiative, the District unveiled new web pages that contain information on tobacco use and smoking cessation for students and employees - http://wellness.maricopa.edu/breathe-easy/.
For more information about BreatheEasy at CGCC, contact Trish Niemann at firstname.lastname@example.org.