SEASIDE — Clatsop Community College will ban all tobacco use on campus by fall term.
The college board voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a tobacco-free campus policy. Tessa Scheller, a stark critic of the college’s allowance of smoking in designated shelters, read the motion.
“Thanks everyone,” she said. “I know it was a long haul, and controversial at times.”
Teena Toyas, the college’s physical education teacher and dean of transfer education, said the issue had stretched back at least 20 years.
“It’s been at least three times in my 18 years we’ve done it,” Toyas said.
The college board in 2009 limited smoking to designated open-air shelters in 2009.
In crafting a tobacco-free campus, college board members had wrangled for months on whether to allow smoking in designated “good-neighbor zones” along the periphery of campus, advocated by several staffers, and how to focus the policy on cessation education. Some raised concerns that a tobacco-free campus would push smoking to the border of campus and increase littering.
Christopher Breitmeyer, the college president, will appoint a tobacco-free implementation team including students, faculty, staff and possibly campus neighbors to develop signage, complaint procedures, fines and other disciplinary measures.