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In September 2014 Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear issued an executive order to ban all tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) on properties owned or leased by the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet. KCTCS, including HCC, is following this executive order. The policy goes into effect on May 11, 2015.

The tobacco-free, smoke-free policy bans the use of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco and snuff, on any campus property, inside and outside.

According to the American Lung Association, 246 colleges and universities in the nation are completely tobacco-free. More than 200 other higher education institutions are smoke free, and many more are considering limitations on tobacco use on campus.

HCC president Kris Williams notes, This change in policy follows practice at all KCTCS campuses to help ensure the health of students, faculty, and staff. HCC is focused on wellness and offers walking spaces and a fitness center for our students; this new policy supports this initiative.