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January 12, 2012

NSCC bans smoking on campus

DANVERS — North Shore Community College went smoke-free on Jan. 1, making it the latest and last college campus on the North Shore to enforce a campuswide smoking ban.

Salem State University and Gordon College in Wenham already have full smoking bans. Endicott College in Beverly prohibits on-campus smoking with the exception of few designated smoking areas.

Nationally, more than 260 colleges and universities have gone smoke-free.

The college planned to begin enforcing the regulation with the January opening of its Zero Net Energy building in Danvers; as part of the building's green mission, the area was deemed smoke-free.

All property owned and leased by the college, including the Beverly, Lynn and Danvers campuses, followed suit and currently prohibit smoking everywhere on campus, except in private vehicles lawfully parked on campus lots.

"Bringing the rest of the campus into similar compliance makes sense as we strive to be excellent environmental stewards," college President Wayne Burton said in a press release.

The college is providing access to smoking-cessation programs and support systems to help campus smokers successfully transition. Disciplinary measures could be enforced for repeat violators, and visitors failing to comply could be barred from visiting campus.

"NSCC understands the process of achieving a 100 percent smoke-free environment will take time and patience," Burton said in a message on the college website. "The ultimate success of this policy depends upon the courtesy, respect and cooperation of users and nonusers of tobacco products."

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