Seminole State College campuses in Sanford/Lake Mary, Oviedo, Altamonte Springs & Heathrow now tobacco free

Seminole State College in Sanford/Lake Mary tobacco free / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Tobacco products -- smoking and chewing are now banned on the campuses of Seminole State College with signs like this erected as a reminder.

SANFORD -- There will be no more lighting up anywhere on the campuses of Seminole State College. 

The ban went into effect with the start of fall semester classes on Monday and includes all forms of tobacco, including chewing.

The designated smoking areas at Seminole State College of Florida have come down with the new tobacco-free policy in place.

The college’s district board of trustees voted unanimously April 15 to ban tobacco use on all campuses beginning with the start of the 2013 fall term.

Seminole State's ban is part of a wellness initiative that includes a proposed wellness center at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. The use of all tobacco products is banned on all Seminole State sites. This includes parking lots and tobacco use in personal vehicles while on college property.

Seminole State's ban is part of a wellness initiative that includes a proposed wellness center at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. The use of all tobacco products is banned on all Seminole State sites. This includes parking lots and tobacco use in personal vehicles while on college property.

Nationwide, at least 1,182 colleges and universities have instituted tobacco-free policies, according to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights.

The smoking areas were created in 2006, when the college banned smoking except for in designated areas. For more information about the policy, please visit www.seminolestate.edu/tobaccofree.

Did You Know?

Florida's enclosed workplaces, including restaurants and public places, were designated as 100% smokefree as of July 1, 2003, the result of a state constitutional amendment. Bars are exempt from the smokefree requirements. Florida law still preempts local governments from enacting smokefree regulations, stating, "This legislation expressly preempts regulation of smoking to the state and supersedes any municipal or county ordinance on the subject."
 

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Established in 1965 with a campus in Sanford, Fla., Seminole State College has grown to include four campuses -- Sanford/Lake Mary, Oviedo, Altamonte Springs and Heathrow. More than 32,000 students attended the college in 2012, and more than 4,500 degrees and certificates were awarded. Seminole State began offering bachelor's degrees in 2009. 
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