On January 1, 2012, Henry Ford College became smoke free at all campus locations. HFC joined hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation that have taken this important step. Providing a smoke free campus promotes a healthy environment in which students, faculty, administrators, and staff can learn and work. A smoke free campus also sets the example that Henry Ford College is committed to wellness and supports a healthy campus.
Regionally, the University of Michigan including the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses, Michigan State University, and Oakland University are now smoke free. Area community colleges that are smoke free include Washtenaw, Jackson, Monroe, and Lansing. Colleges and universities have taken this measure in response to the Surgeon General's 2006 report, "The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General." This report states that secondhand smoke is a preventable and significant cause of illness and death in the United States, and that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Clearly, the well being of everyone on campus must be a top priority and going smoke free is an important step in this effort.
During January and February, HFC will promote an awareness campaign to help students comply with the policy and to inform them about free resources to help them quit or reduce smoking. Please go to the Smoking Resources page for more information on helpful resources.