Sonoma State is the second campus in the California State University system to go completely smoke free. The policy goes into effect February 1 for all areas of campus except parking lots; starting July 1, the entire campus will be smoke-free.
Talks have been in the works for some time about this, says Tammy Kenber, SSU's director of human resources. "Talks have been in the works for some time about this, but 2015 was the year when things finally came together and the policy successfully made its way through the shared governance process," says Kenber. "We are fortunate to live in a very healthy and health-conscious part of the country. For the most part, this policy is widely supported for promoting the wellness of employees, students and our community. Due to the meet and confer process that was required with campus bargaining units, the University was not able to do as much pre-communication about the upcoming policy as we would have liked, but that the administration is still pleased to see the policy move forward."