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Smoke/Tobacco & Vape Free ARC

American River College established a smoke-, tobacco- and vapor-free learning and work environment on all its campuses, effective Jan. 1, 2016. In Fall 2016, all of the Los Rios colleges and facilities (Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, Sacramento City College, and District facilities) implemented the same standard.

Los Rios Board policy P-1413 states, "Smoking, vaping and the use of tobacco is prohibited on all District/College property." Los Rios regulation R-1413 1.4 further adds, "Smoking is defined as inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or other product intended for inhalation, in any matter or in any form. Smoking also includes the use of e-cigarettes. An e-cigarette is any oral device that provides a vapor of nicotine or any other substance for inhalation. E-cigarettes do not include products approved by the United States Department of Food and Drug Administration for medical treatment."

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The restrictions on the use of tobacco products apply 24/7/365 to ARC's main college campus, as well as its Natomas and McClellan education centers. Smoking, the use of chewing tobacco and other smokeless tobacco products and the use of unregulated nicotine products (such as vaporizers and "e-cigarettes") are prohibited in all indoor and outdoor spaces, including parking lots/structures and college vehicles.

"ARC recognizes the leadership of our Board of Trustees on this important issue. They have been a consistent voice for improved health on our campuses and in our community," Greene added. "We also acknowledge the help and support of local organizations such as Breathe California's Sacramento Taking Action Against Nicotine Dependence (STAND) program. We look forward to working with STAND and other agencies as we move forward."