Smoke-free campus policy expanded – Journal Advocate

Keri Myers, left, and Ellie Soper put up a display to promote Northeastern Junior College’s new no-vaping policy. (Courtesy photo)

Northeastern Junior College’s smoke-free campus policy went a step further in late 2017.

In 2009, Northeast Junior College (NJC) became the first college in Colorado to implement a 100-percent smoke-free campus. Now the college’s policy also prohibits the use of vaping and other electronic smoking devices, out of concerns about unknown health risks from the devices.

“Protecting the health of our students and staff has always been one of our top concerns. The increase in use of vape and other electronic smoking devices on campus led us to expand our existing policy,” said Steve Smith, Vice President of Student Services, in a press release from the Northeast Colorado Health Department noting the policy expansion.

New signs on NJC’s campus promote the updated policy banning smoking, vape pens and e-cigarettes. (Courtesy photo)

“While the full health risk posed by vaping and electronic smoking devices has yet to be fully determined, it does not

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