Starting in the fall, Horry-Georgetown Technical College will be a smoke-free campus.
The area commission on Tuesday voted on the ordinance, which applies to cigars, cigarettes and vaping devices, such as e-cigarettes, but it doesn’t apply to dipping tobacco.
“We have been asked on some previous occasions to join in with our fellow communities to have a smoke-free environment,” said President Marilyn Fore. “We feel this is the right time to go forward with having smoke-free communities for the health and well-being of our students and for faculty and staff.”
According to the World Health Organization, there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, which contributes to more than 600,000 premature deaths every year.
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“It comes forward from faculty and staff who have asked, and many of the students, who time to time get concerned that they’re walking into campus and somebody’s smoking,” Fore said. “It’s offensive to their health and well-being. This is the right thing to do right now and we feel like it’s best for our whole community.”
Coastal Carolina University also is a smoke-free campus.