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College of Marin Campuses Will Be Smoke Free

New policy goes into effect this fall

Kentfield, Calif.—July 20, 2011—In a move to better protect the health of its students, staff, faculty, and visitors, last night at its monthly meeting the College of Marin Board of Trustees approved Board Policy 3570 prohibiting smoking on campus. Effective beginning the first day of the fall semester, August 15, 2011, COM will prohibit smoking, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, and pipes at both its Kentfield and Indian Valley Campuses. Smoking will be permitted in designated areas located in select parking lots at both campuses.

"The college is committed to the promotion of good health and wellness for its employees and students,” said Dr. David Wain Coon, Superintendent/President of COM. “Part of that commitment involves taking a role in discouraging the use of tobacco and the negative effects of both smoking and second-hand smoke.”

In preparation for the tobacco ban, COM is advising the campus and community of the new policy, as well as referring smokers to support services for those wanting to give up tobacco.

The smoke-free policy includes buildings and grounds owned or operated by COM. The new policy will apply to all persons on campus, including employees, students and visitors.

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