Students Express Opinions on New HCC Tobacco Ban


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Starting Monday, Henderson Community College will go from smoke-free to tobacco-free.

The policy follows an executive order signed by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear in September 2014.

The order bans use of all tobacco products, including snuff, cigars and e-cigarettes on any property owned or leased by the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet.

All schools within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, which includes Henderson Community College, are following this order.

Most of the students 14NEWS spoke with said there were surprised to learn about the ban.

The most frequent complaint was dissatisfaction at e-cigarettes being banned.

Others were upset that it includes the entire HCC property, meaning students can not smoke right outside their cars.

According to the American Lung Association, more than 200 American colleges and universities are smoke free.

Another 246 are completely tobacco free.

Soon that will include the University of Evansville, which recently approved a tobacco ban which starts this fall.

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