The “no-smoking” sign is going up at United Tribes Technical College.
College President David Gipp signed on Thursday a policy banning tobacco use, effective Jan. 1, UTTC announced.
It prohibits the use of tobacco on campus properties, in campus-owned vehicles, and at institution sponsored off-campus functions. It includes any product containing tobacco or manufactured from it, or containing nicotine. It also prohibits the use of e-cigarettes.
Exempted is the traditional or sacred use of tobacco. United Tribes will continue to be a “tobacco honoring” campus for Native American spiritual and cultural ceremonies, when requests are made and approved in advance.
UTTC becomes the third tribal college in the nation to ban tobacco use on its campus. The others are Fort Peck Community College in Poplar, Mont., and Oglala Lakota College in Kyle, S.D. It is the 13th college campus in North Dakota to approve a ban.
The college isn’t just banning smoking. The college said its Wellness Center will also provide a series of smoking cessation programs in 2014.
- Vince Devlin