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MACC Adopts Tobacco-Free Policy

Moberly Area Community College announced as of August 1, 2012, all of its campuses and properties will be completely tobacco-free. The Board of Trustees officially approved the policy in its July 23 meeting. The College joins more than 500 other colleges and universities around the country who have adopted similar policies.

The policy states that MACC prohibits the use of all tobacco products on all grounds and parking areas. The College is committed to providing its students, faculty, staff and visitors with a healthy, clean and safe environment in which to work, live and learn.

A tobacco-free campus protects everyone from the health dangers related to secondhand smoke. This is significant in light of the latest U.S. Surgeon General’s report, “The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke,” which concludes that no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke exists.

A tobacco-free campus demonstrates responsible stewardship of the environment by reducing litter, eliminating smoke-filled areas at building entrances and reducing associated fire danger.

A tobacco-free campus also serves as a positive example for others – especially secondary school students and children on campus.

Last, a tobacco-free campus supports the public health efforts of the community, state and nation. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Missouri.

The majority of smokers self-report a strong desire to quit smoking. MACC is working to eliminate the triggers, like designated tobacco use areas that make tobacco cessation difficult. The College is offering free cessation classes to students and employees through the Randolph County Health Department and Preferred Family Healthcare to help tobacco-users who want to quit. Breathe Easy Moberly, a local coalition working to alleviate the burdens tobacco has on the community, has agreed to provide free quit aids (patches or gum) to those utilizing the health department’s services. Visit www.macc.edu/TobaccoFree for more information about this policy.

 

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