WACO, TX — McLennan Community College (MCC) is instituting a new smoke-free, vape-free, tobacco-free policy starting January 1, 2020.
With the removal of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and tobacco products, school leadership hopes to signal their commitment to a healthier campus for all.
College officials say the move is part of MCC's commitment to health and everyone who visits the campus.
"I am hopeful this decision will result in lifestyle changes that will benefit all those touched by tobacco and vaping products," said MCC President Dr. Johnette McKown.
The policy will apply to all of the college's property, indoor and outdoor. This includes the main campus, Highlander Ranch, Emergency Services Education Center, the Community Services Center, Bosque River Stage, athletic facilities, the walking track and parking lots.
Designated smoking areas have also been phased out recently, and signage on the campus will be updated soon to reflect the new policy.
The college will also offer Smoking cessation workshops for students and employees.
“We are working to provide resources for students and employees while we communicate the policy change," said Vice President of Finance and Administration Dr. Stephen Benson.
The President says voluntary cooperation is expected, and all are encouraged to politely inform others of the policy or contact MCC police for assistance.
“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."