The much talked about new tobacco-free policy was approved last night by MCC’s Board of Trustees. The new policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products on any MCC property. Tobacco-free refers to all types of smoking and smokeless tobacco products. This policy will be effective August 1, 2011.
The policy has been under development since the announcement at a Cabinet meeting last November by Chancellor Mark James.
“MCC is joining a national trend of colleges and universities committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all students, employees and visitors,” said James. “This is not about dictating human behavior. This policy simply eliminates the danger of second-hand smoke on our campuses and facilities and introduces our students to a practice that is becoming the norm in the workplace.”
In part, the policy states: “…tobacco and tobacco substitute products… on all campus premises, leased property, and college-owned vehicles is prohibited, with no exceptions. This policy applies to all students, employees, tenants, subtenants, contractors, and visitors.”
All areas that are currently designated smoking areas will no longer be available and butt receptacles will be removed from each campus and the Administrative Center.
Communication to students, employees and others affiliated with the college has been ongoing while the policy was being composed and reviewed by governance groups at MCC.
For more information, visit the Tobacco-free page on the MCC website.