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Tobacco ban hits Rock Hill college

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ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) - Things are changing for students on the campus of York Technical College in Rock Hill.

New guidelines are expected to snub out smoking at the school when a campus-wide smoking ban takes affect next week.

In October 2009, the college conducted an extensive survey of students and employees on the subject of tobacco use. The results showed that 77 percent of respondents indicated that they believe the college should do more to reduce tobacco use.

York Technical College President Dr. Greg Rutherford said he expects the college community's support for the new guidelines to reflect the survey results.

"It's clear that most people who work and learn here agree with the new guidelines," he said. "We have an obligation to ensure that our campus is the most conducive to learning it can be. The new tobacco guidelines are a contributor to that end."

The guidelines, approved by the college's governing board and effective on September 1, limit the use of tobacco products to personal vehicles.

In taking the action, York Tech officials pointed to their responsibility to provide a safe and healthful environment for the college community. The Kershaw/Heath Springs center will follow Lancaster County's tobacco use guidelines.

All forms of tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, are subject to the new guidelines.

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