It’s not a rally for an athletic team or a boxing card.
Kick Butts Day at Western Nevada College is much more important for the well-being of people who are not only damaging themselves with tobacco use but those taking in second-hand smoke.
WNC’s Healthy Campus Committee is presenting a Kick Butts Day on Wednesday, March 15 on all three of its campuses to bring more awareness about the effects of tobacco use. Everyone is welcome to participate. There will be tables set up on each WNC campus with information regarding Kick Butts Day, heart health and smoking cessation.
An information scavenger hunt is planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carson City and Fallon campuses. Stop by one of the Healthy Campus Committee’s tables and pick up an entry form. Find all the answers and return the form for a chance to win a raffle prize. The grand prize is a free, 3-credit class.
“The Carson and Fallon campuses will have an art instillation of 1,300 pinwheels representing how many people die every day from tobacco related illnesses,” said Rebecca Bevans, a WNC Grant Project Coordinator and adjunct faculty member.
At the Douglas campus, an information booth will be open from 2:30 to 7 p.m. If visitors participate in a survey, they will receive a goodie bag filled with Quitline cards, a tobacco pen, a Kick Butts Day sticker, a brown ribbon representing cancer from tobacco, information about tobacco and a toothbrush and mirror to help prevent mouth cancer from tobacco.
This year, WNC restricted use of nicotine products, including electronic cigarettes, to designated tobacco-use areas on all its campuses. WNC aims to join more than 1,475 colleges and universities by going tobacco free by August 2017.
“We are hoping that with cooperation from faculty, staff and students that this process will be seamless as we shift to a healthier campus,” Bevans said. “We will be educating our campus community on ways to live a healthier tobacco-free life. We are all very confident that this will be a very positive move forward for WNC.”
WNC’s smoke-free campus policies are in accordance with the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act — established in 2006 — which states that smoking tobacco in any form is prohibited within indoor places of employment, including government buildings and public places. The buildings on WNC’s campuses are considered government buildings.
Truth Initiative, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring tobacco-free lives, has provided WNC with a one-year grant of $10,000 to help the college with its tobacco-free campus education campaign.
Local organizations and agencies have been instrumental in helping WNC bring the tobacco-free initiative to life, including Carson City Health and Human Services, the American Heart Association ANCHOR Partnerships Program, Churchill Community Coalition, Partnership of Community Resources of Douglas County and the University of Nevada Reno.