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WKCTC Tobacco-Free in August 2015 Offering Cessation Classes in Spring

West Kentucky Community and Technical College will become a tobacco-free campus beginning August 2015.

WKCTC began it tobacco-free plans last fall with the development of a committee that consisted of faculty, staff and students that conducted extensive research over the past year to create a comprehensive tobacco-free proposal for the campus. WKCTC faculty and staff passed the proposal during the October 2014 meeting.

In preparation for August, the college is offering a variety of cessation classes in spring 2015 to promote the health and well-being of its students, faculty and staff. We want to help make the transition easier for everyone on campus to become and stay tobacco-free, said Tammy Thompson, WKCTC public relations coordinator.

The cessation classes are free and open WKCTC students, faculty, staff and the community. All classes will be held in the colleges Crounse Hall, Room 101 unless otherwise noted.

Plan to be Tobacco-Free
Jamie Smith, Kentucky Cancer Program
Thursday, February 5, 9 a.m.
Wednesday, March 11, 11 a.m.
Monday, April 13, 6 p.m. - Rosenthal Hall, Room 111

Stress Management: Essential Oils amp; Healthy Eating Habits
Yolanda Heath, Heath Health Foods
Wednesday, February 18, 11 a.m.
Thursday, February 19, 6 p.m.

Stress Management: Behavior Modification for a Healthy Weight
Leslie Page, WKCTC Psychology Instructor
Wednesday, March 4, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, March 24, 6 p.m.

Stress Management: Yoga Techniques to Reduce Stress
Suzi Renaud, The Yoga Room
Wednesday, April 8, 11 a.m. Haws Gymnasium
Tuesday, April 21, 6 p.m. Haws Gymnasium

WKCTCs tobacco-free policy will include all forms of tobacco, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, vaporizing devices, electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products.

I think when you look at the health of our region, western Kentucky, and you look at the health numbers of Kentucky as a whole, it is absolutely the right thing to do for our students, said Barbara Veazey, WKCTC president. Its important for us to set an example of how we can best live our lives healthy, professionally for the entire well-being of our community. This is a very positive step on the part of the college.

WKCTCs decision to go tobacco-free will fall in line with Gov. Steve Beshears executive order that encourages all state and local government facilities, public and private school districts, universities, and businesses to consider limiting use of tobacco products on their properties.

Gov. Beshears order, that was issued September 4, 2014, states that all state buildings, grounds and fleet in Kentucky will become free of all tobacco products and e-cigarettes as of November 20. A primary goal his kyhealthnow initiative is to reduce smoking rates by 10 percent by 2019. The policy impacts 2,888 state-owned buildings making more than 26.4 million square feet newly tobacco-free.