ELKINS – Beginning July 1, the Davis & Elkins College joined 2,065 colleges and universities nationwide to implement a smoke-free and tobacco-free environment in order to provide a healthier atmosphere for students, faculty and staff. The policy covers all College-owned properties, including outdoor spaces, and vehicles.
The regulation prohibits smoking of cigarettes, cigars and pipes, the use of electronic or vaping devices and all smokeless tobacco products.
“Davis & Elkins College views the safety and health of our students, faculty, staff and visitors to be of the utmost importance and we believe that this change to a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus will benefit all who come to our campus,” said D&E Vice President for Student Affairs Scott Goddard. “This initiative takes on even greater significance as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States. Secondhand smoke exposure contributes to approximately 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking adults and 400 deaths in infants each year. In addition, the most recent findings from the CDC state that being a current or former cigarette smoker may increase a person’s risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
Davis & Elkins joins fellow institutions in West Virginia that have adopted smoke-free and/or tobacco-free campus policies including all campuses across the West Virginia University system, Fairmont State University, Marshall University, Shepherd University, West Virginia Wesleyan College and West Liberty University. Randolph County Schools and Davis Health System also have policies to provide a tobacco and/or smoke-free environment.
Visitors to campus are also required to adhere to the policy.