REDDING, Calif.- Shasta College in Redding has kicked off the new year choosing to be a tobacco-free campus.
The college says students will no longer be able to vape, smoke, or use any tobacco products on campus, and that includes the college's designated smoking areas.
School officials say all "designated smoking" areas on campus have been removed permanently in an effort to provide a safe and healthier campus for all students. The decision to ban tobacco-use on campus is also meant to prevent any fire hazards from improperly discarded cigarette butts.
Administrators say that students who are caught smoking on campus will face consequences. If a student is caught smoking on school grounds, public safety will issue a warning. A second violation will mean that the student will be referred to administration for conduct violation.
According to administrators, the new policy is not meant to penalize students who smoke, but to protect those who don't.
Action News Now spoke to students about how they feel about the new policy.
"I think it's an excellent thing that Shasta College is a tobacco-free campus," says Early Childhood Developemnt major, Sally Andrade.
"I'm glad that this is taking place because we know the ramifications of smoking in that it can potentially cause cancer and a lot of other health issues," says Nursing major, Lahairoi Carlisle.
The ban on tobacco-use on campus applies to Shasta College which is located off of Old Oregon Trail in Redding. The ban also applies to the college's other campuses in Burney, Weaverville, and Red Bluff.
The newly implemented policy at Shasta College is a response to a California Community College System resolution to have all campuses in the state be tobacco-free.