The change follows the transition in fall 2013 to only allow smoking in designated areas on campus. Additional conversations led to efforts in early 2016 to move in a smoke-free direction. A survey was given to college employees and students. That survey asked “Would you support Cosumnes River College becoming a smoke-, tobacco- and vape-free campus?” The majority of staff and students answered “yes.”
The results were then given to the Health & Safety committee, which approved and forwarded the recommendation to the Participatory Governance committee. The president of the college then met with representatives from each constituency, including students, who approved the recommendation. The president accepted the recommendation for CRC to become a smoke-, tobacco- and vape-free zone. Therefore, smoking, the use of chewing tobacco and other smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated products such as vaporizers and "e-cigarettes" will be prohibited in all indoor and outdoor spaces, parking lots, and college vehicles. “CRC is committed to the health and wellness of our students, faculty and staff, as well as those who visit the college. After the recommendation came forward, I felt it was an important step to ensure that we provide an environment free of all tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke for those who work, study and visit the college,” said President Edward Bush. “After reviewing the data from the surveys and receiving feedback from other colleges and our constituencies, I feel this is the right direction for our college.”
According to Los Rios Community College District Regulation 1411.5.10, smoking is defined as inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or other product intended for inhalation, in any matter or in any form. Smoking also includes the use of e-cigarettes. An e-cigarette is any oral device that provides a vapor of nicotine or any other substance for inhalation. E-cigarettes do not include products approved by the United States Department of Food and Drug Administration for medical treatment. With the support of the Los Rios Board of Trustees and Board President Deborah Ortiz, CRC and its sister colleges in the Los Rios Community College District join a host of other colleges and universities around the country committed to providing a healthy environment for our community.