Colby is moving toward becoming tobacco-free.
On Sept. 1 use of tobacco was prohibited throughout the campus, with the exception of three designated smoking areas (located in Hillside and Coburn parking lots and near the biomass boiler). On Sept. 1, 2013, the temporary smoking areas will be removed and the entire campus will be designated tobacco-free, the administration announced.
Colby joins some 500 other colleges and universities in the United States where tobacco—including cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco—are prohibited. The policy applies to anyone who is on the Colby campus, including faculty, staff, students, contractors, and visitors.
The change was made to offer a safer and healthier environment on campus, according to the administration, with recognition that tobacco use is a serious health hazard and that nonsmokers are endangered by secondhand smoke. The ultimate goal of the policy, said President William D. Adams, is “providing a healthy, comfortable, and productive work and study environment for all faculty, staff, and students.”