Smoke-free campus is good for everyone

I am grateful Erie Community College took a positive step toward a tobacco-free atmosphere. The ECC board of trustees approved a policy in the beginning of the 2013 school year banning the use and sale of any tobacco products.

I am 21 years old and an ECC student. As a nonsmoker, I believe this policy is an encouraging movement for our entire community. When I used to walk outside and pass students gathering and smoking near the doorways, I felt like I was smoking, too, just by passing by. I was a second-hand smoker.

This smoke-free aim is an important action for public health. Smoking causes health problems such as lung cancer and other serious illnesses. Research studies have shown that smoking carries a high risk not only for smokers, but also for those who are exposed to the smoke, especially children.

Today many buildings are going smoke-free. Our campus being smoke-free will benefit our college community by providing a safer, cleaner and healthier environment for everyone.

Fatima Mohamed