News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael McAllister
(803) 327-8032

New Tobacco Guidelines Make York Technical College a Healthier Place to Learn

August 5, 2010

ROCK HILLIn response to overwhelming support from a majority of students, faculty, and staff, York Technical College has announced new guidelines that will significantly move the college toward becoming tobacco-free.

The guidelines, approved by the college’s governing board and effective on September 1, limit the use of tobacco products to personal vehicles. In taking the action, York Tech officials pointed to their responsibility to provide a safe and healthful environment for the college community. The change also applies to the college’s off-campus facilities, including its center in Chester. The Kershaw/Heath Springs center will follow Lancaster County’s tobacco use guidelines.

All forms of tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, are subject to the new guidelines. As it informs the college community of the change, York Tech is also providing information and programs to help students and employees stop using tobacco.

In October 2009, the college conducted an extensive survey of students and employees on the subject of tobacco use. The results showed that 77 percent of respondents indicated that they believe the college should do more to reduce tobacco use.

York Technical College President Dr. Greg Rutherford said he expects the college community's support for the new guidelines to reflect the survey results.

"It's clear that most people who work and learn here agree with the new guidelines," he said. "We have an obligation to ensure that our campus is the most conducive to learning it can be. The new tobacco guidelines are a contributor to that end."

For more information about York Tech's new tobacco guidelines, contact Dean for Students Kelli Dawkins at (803) 327-8047 or

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