Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) will join the growing list of U.S. colleges and universities to adopt a tobacco-free campus policy, effective August 1, 2013.
MCTC administrators site their commitment to provide and maintain a safe and healthy environment for students, employees and visitors as a major rationale for naming MCTC a tobacco-free institution.
Smoking has long been prohibited in MCTC’s buildings. The new 2013 tobacco-free policy will extend to prohibit all tobacco or e-tobacco products from being used on any college property or in any college facility.
“We started communicating our plan to be tobacco free last spring, so that students would not be surprised when they returned for fall classes, said MCTC President Dr. Ed Story. “We’ve offered several smoking cessation classes on all of our campuses to provide employees and students who want to quit with the tools and support they need. We will continue to offer these programs as often needed.”
Every MCTC employee shares equally in the responsibility for adhering to and respectfully enforcing the tobacco-free policy. College officials will continue to examine policies at other higher education institutions and develop and refine its enforcement plan.