Governing Board Approves Policy for a Smoke-free and Tobacco-free Campus

Publish Date: 
May 21, 2015

SALINAS, Calif. – The Hartnell Community College District (HCCD) Governing Board approved Board Policy (BP) 3570Tobacco-free and Smoke-free Campus to go into effect July 1, 2015.  

BP 3570 was approved and moved forward by the District’s participatory governance groups.  The Board of Trustees approved the policy unanimously at its second reading on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.  

The HCCD is committed to providing a healthy learning environment and to promoting healthful living for its students, employees, and guests,” stated Superintendent/President, Dr. Willard Lewallen.  “To that end, upon my recommendation, the HCCD Board of Trustees adopted a board policy implementing a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus.” 

The board policy states that it is the policy of the Hartnell Community College District to provide a safe learning and working environment for both students and employees.  It is recognizes that smoke from cigarettes, pipes, and/or cigars, vapor from e-cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco products are hazardous to health; therefore, it is the policy of the District to prohibit smoking and the use of tobacco on all District property and all locations where district services are provided.

 “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all cigarettes are harmful, and any exposure to tobacco smoke can cause both immediate and long-term damage to the body,” commented Board of Trustees’ President, Elia Gonzalez-Castro. “In addition, second hand smoke has killed more than 2.5 million nonsmokers in United State and it’s our responsibility as a board of trustees to offer a safe environment for our students and passing this policy we are reinforcing what the health experts are advising.”

“We set a July 1 implementation date to provide enough time to communicate the change to our students, employees, and the public,” added Dr. Lewallen.  The HCCD will promote smoking and tobacco cessation treatment options, post signs stating its prohibition of smoking and tobacco use policy on campus, and keep employees and students informed of the policy.

Hartnell Community College District

The Hartnell CCD serves over 15,000 students annually through its main campus in Salinas, the Alisal Campus in East Salinas, the King City Education Center, and various outreach learning centers throughout the Salinas Valley. Hartnell College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, provides workforce training, basic skills courses, and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Hartnell College is recognized for its innovative public and private partnerships that support world class STEM education, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities, and athletics. We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit