Serious discussions concerning smoking, vaping, and the use of tobacco products on campus began in fall 2013. In spring 2014, the Tobacco Use Task Force recommended that Presbyterian College become a tobacco-free campus and began discussions and educational programs to move in that direction. In 2014 and 2015, Peer Educators offered educational programs related to the negative health effects of tobacco use and publicized information concerning smoking cessation. A variety of discussions about smoking, vaping, and the use of tobacco products have taken place with Student Government Association, Student Life Council, and faculty concerning the feasibility and advisability of making PC a tobacco-free campus. Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy is already a tobacco-free campus. Most of the discussions with groups on the Liberal Arts & Sciences campus have ended in consensus that it is time for all of PC to move forward on this issue.
Believing that this would be a major step for the good of those who attend and work at the college and our visitors, the following policy has been adopted by the Presbyterian College administration:
Presbyterian College is a tobacco-free and other smoking and vaping products-free college. All use of tobacco and all smoking and vaping is prohibited in College buildings, in enclosed areas owned by the College, and on College property.
This policy went into effect on July 1, 2015.