MCC becomes smoke-free, tobacco-free, vape-free, campus in commitment to health and well-being of community
Posted: October 28, 2019
In an effort to promote the health of all who visit, McLennan Community College will become a smoke-free, tobacco-free and vape-free and campus effective Jan. 1, 2020.
The policy applies to all indoor and outdoor College property, including the main campus, Highlander Ranch, the Emergency Services Education Center, the Community Services Center, the Bosque River Stage, the athletics facilities, the walking track, and parking lots.
Spearheaded by the College leadership team, the policy signals commitment to a healthier campus for all with the removal of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and tobacco products. MCC joins thousands of other higher education institutions across the country standing against smoking and its effects, which include cancer, heart disease, stroke and more damage throughout the body.
"Leading a long, healthy life is a worthy goal that we all seek," MCC President Dr. Johnette McKown said. "Use of tobacco and of vaping products have shown potential consequences, from serious illnesses to shortened lives. I believe our corporate responsibility for students, employees and visitors is to create as healthy an environment as we can for everyone. I am hopeful this decision will result in lifestyle changes that will benefit all those touched by tobacco and vaping products."
Designated smoking areas on campus have recently been phased out in preparation of the policy.
Smoking cessation workshops for students and employees will be offered by College officials to encourage smoke-free lifestyles.
Voluntary cooperation is expected, and all are encouraged to politely inform others of the policy or contact MCC Police for assistance. Signage on campus will be updated to reflect the policy.
"We want to make sure we are creating a comfortable and safe environment for everyone that comes to campus," Vice President of Finance and Administration Dr. Stephen Benson said. "We are working to provide resources for students and employees while we communicate the policy change."