LATHAM, N.Y. - In recognition of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, The Sage College and The College of St. Rose announced Wednesday their campuses will go tobacco-free starting January 1, 2012.
Tobacco free means that the use of tobacco in any form is prohibited everywhere on campus.
The Capital Region colleges are part of a statewide trend detailed in a report released today by the American Cancer Society, stating that 40 percent of college campuses in NY either have implemented or are in the process of adopting/implementing a tobacco-free or smoke-free policy overall.
RPI and Maria College were the first two local colleges to go tobacco free. Albany Medical College and several local nursing colleges became tobacco free as the hospitals they were affiliated with went tobacco free several years ago.
The Great American Smokeout is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society. It encourages smokers to quit smoking for at least one day, and offers advice on how to permanently quit.