May 26, 2011
Campus will be tobacco-free June 1

Lees-McRae College will be tobacco-free on June 1. The Banner Elk campus becomes the 39th college in the state to have a tobacco-free policy in place.

Lees-McRae is committed to providing its employees and students with a safe and healthful environment. The College also recognizes the use of tobacco products on campus grounds is detrimental to the health and safety of students, staff, faculty and visitors.

The tobacco-free policy will create a 100% tobacco-free campus that prohibits the use of tobacco including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco by students, faculty, staff, and visitors in all campus facilities or property owned or leased by Lees-McRae College and outside areas on campus where non-smokers cannot avoid exposure to smoke.

"We at Lees-McRae College believe that it is our responsibility to actively engage our students in transforming their world and being leaders of change. Accepting responsibility for improving our environment begins on our campus. Knowing the detrimental effects of tobacco use, we believe that we can no longer support its use on campus," said President Barry Buxton.

Faculty and staff will have access to smoking cessation medications through health insurance plans. The Student Development Office will offer smoking cessation support groups for students and Counseling Services will also provide support for students who choose to quit using tobacco products.

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