Hennepin Technical College joins the growing trend of tobacco-free campuses

Hennepin Technical College, which has campuses in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie, will ban all use of tobacco, effective July 1.

It’s the latest higher-education institution in the state to go tobacco-free.

Hennepin Technical College President Cecilia Cervantes said:

“After careful consideration, it was decided that a tobacco-free campus policy would contribute to the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors.

“It’s important to note that we’re not asking campus users to quit using tobacco products but to refrain from using them while in campus buildings and on campus grounds. Hennepin Technical College’s tobacco free policy contributes to a healthier college — one that more fully supports our students’ efforts to succeed academically through a cleaner and improved environment.”

The new HTC policy says smoking, tobacco use and tobacco sales (including the use or sale of smokeless tobacco products and electronic cigarettes) is prohibited on property the college owns, operates or leases. The policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, administrators, outside contractors and the general public. Tobacco use will be allowed inside enclosed private vehicles that are parked in the college’s parking lots.

More than 50 campuses around the state have gone smoke- and tobacco-free.

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler is considered likely to ban tobacco use on the U’s Twin Cities campus, starting next year.

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