Central Piedmont Community College can add itself to the growing list of N.C. colleges that have gone smoke-free.

Beginning Jan. 2, the state’s largest community college will ban smoking on each of its six campuses.

In total, 27 N.C. colleges have banned on-campus smoking. UNC Charlotte has not gone smoke-free but has restricted it to designated outdoor locations.

The latest CPCC move, approved Wednesday in a unanimous vote by the school’s Board of Trustees, extends current policy, which bans smoking inside campus buildings.

As reported today by the Charlotte Observer, CPCC President Tony Zeiss said he believes the ban was the right move. He said student support was a driving force behind the vote, as a recent college survey found that more than two-thirds of CPCC students wanted the ban.

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