Coker Goes 100% Tobacco-Free
In the spring of 2013, as part of a campus-wide wellness initiative, the Coker College Student Government Association polled students, faculty, and staff to gauge interest in switching to a tobacco-free campus. The results were overwhelmingly positive in support of going tobacco-free.
At Coker, we take pride in our tight-knit, supportive community, and we believe in creating an environment that reflects our community values. So in response to this feedback, the entire campus officially went smoke-free on Jan. 1, 2014, and fully tobacco-free on Aug. 15, 2014. Tobacco products are no longer allowed at all times on all locations of Coker’s campus, including all off-site ALPHA locations, Kalmia Gardens, the Sory Boathouse and Byerly Park.
By going tobacco-free, Coker joined more than 1,182 colleges nationwide that have adopted similar policies. Going tobacco-free also:
- supports our wellness programs by making healthy living a key aspect of the Coker Experience,
- promotes pride and respect for our campus by reducing litter and waste,
- protects our campus community from harmful second-hand smoke,
- and fosters a supportive environment for those who are trying to quit using tobacco products.
But most importantly, we are ensuring a clean and healthy environment where all students, faculty, staff, and visitors can enjoy working, learning, and living.