Berea College Implementing Total Smoke-out


Students walking across campus with a gazebo in the backgroundThe Berea College General Faculty Assembly recently voted in favor of a new policy prohibiting use of tobacco and electronic smoking devices on campus. The new policy, scheduled to take effect in July 2019, designates all College property free of tobacco smoking and vaping products.

More than a year ago, the College’s Administrative Committee appointed a group comprised of tobacco and non-tobacco product users to draft a policy for making Berea’s campus free from tobacco and related products, as is the case for almost all other Kentucky college and university campuses. Once the policy was developed, students, staff and faculty reviewed and adopted it.

In recent years, tobacco products were only permitted in designated smoking areas at the gazebos around Berea’s campus and selected other locations. With the coming change to a smoke-free campus, the College’s health and wellness program is offering cessation programs using the Cooper Clayton method to assist smokers in kicking their habit. The gazebos will remain temporarily as locations for (healthier) socializing while the College develops other places where students can casually congregate—picnic tables, benches, swing sets—to socialize and blow off steam instead of smoke.

For more information, contact Jill Gurtatowski, director of Berea College’s health and wellness program at gurtatowskij@berea.edu or by phone at 859-985-3968.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.