The public is invited to attend a discussion of Jamestown Community College's tobacco-free policy during special sessions in Jamestown, Dunkirk, and Olean.
Sessions will be held from 8-8:45 a.m. on Sept. 3 in the boardroom at the North County Center in Dunkirk, from 8:15-9:15 a.m. on Sept. 4 in the Carnahan Theatre on the Jamestown Campus, and from 11 a.m. to noon in the boardroom on the Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean.
Individuals interested in attending should contact Tamara Racino at 338-1274 or 1-800-388-8557, ext. 1274.
During the sessions, Ty Patterson, founder and executive director of the National Center for Tobacco Policy, will outline how JCC's policy, which began Aug. 1, is designed to provide a healthy and environmentally safe campus through the prohibition of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, on JCC property.
Patterson will discuss why the tobacco-free policy was developed and how its adoption provides for a safe, healthy, comfortable, and productive living and learning environment for the entire campus community.
"The primary purpose of JCC's tobacco-free policy is to improve the health of employees and students and promote a culture of mutual respect," said Susan Bronstein, executive director of human resources and collegewide safety.
The policy prohibits the use of tobacco products everywhere within the perimeter of all JCC property, both indoors and outdoors, and in any vehicle on JCC property and applies to all JCC staff, students, visitors, and vendors.
Under the policy, all tobacco and tobacco-derived products intended for human consumption including, but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, hookah smoked products, clove and electronic cigarettes, bidis, kreteks, smokeless tobacco, and snus, are prohibited.
Over the past two years, members of JCC's tobacco-free policy committee have worked on implementation of the policy as part of a State University of New York recommendation for a systemwide ban on the use of tobacco products on SUNY campuses.
JCC has publicized a series of cessation support programs to assist those looking to quit tobacco products before the implementation date. Since last fall several JCC students have participated in a web-assisted tobacco intervention program coordinated by the University of Rochester Medical Center and designed specifically for community college students.
Details on JCC's tobacco-free policy and links to information on issues related to tobacco use, cessation programs, policy enforcement, and frequently asked questions, are available at www.sunyjcc.edu.
Librarian Kristie Bemis and Annie Greene, public services manager, show Angie Peck, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Grants Committee member, at right, some of the prizes being earned in Prendergast Library's 10-week Summer Reading Program. The Blossom Fund supported participation incentives and a program called The Magic of Science by Dave Jeffers, which will wrap up summer reading at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, along with face painting, refreshments and grand-prize giveaways.