On August 13, 2012, Holyoke Community College became a smoke-free campus. Smoking is no longer permitted in any building or outdoor area on the HCC campus. Those who wish to do so may smoke inside their cars.
This policy was the product of a combined student/faculty/staff task force and approved in 2012 by the College Senate. Tobacco smoke is a proven health hazard that affects both smokers and non-smokers. The decision to establish a smoke-free campus reflects HCC's commitment to provide an accessible, safe and healthy environment in which to learn and work. It is also a result of the efforts of HCC students and the staff members of the HCC Smoke-Free Committee, who urged us to join the hundreds of other colleges and universities that have already made "smoke-free" a reality.
We understand that overcoming addiction to tobacco is a great challenge. For students and staff who wish to quit smoking or find ways to manage their cravings while on campus, HCC Health Services provides a variety of resources, including counseling and nicotine cessation products.
All members of the HCC community must share the responsibility of self-enforcement and of creating an environment that is respectful and cooperative. I look forward to working together to create a healthier HCC.