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Smoke-free, Tobacco-free, and Vape-free Campus

For many years, McLennan Community College has prohibited smoking in campus buildings and only allowed smoking in designated areas on campus. In 2018, McLennan moved the smoking locations to the outer boundaries of campus and reduced the number of locations. In recognition of the health risks, MCC will be a smoke-free, tobacco-free, and vape-free environment effective January 1, 2020.

The policy can be located at http://www.mclennan.edu/employees/policy-manual/docs/E-XXIII.pdf. For the purpose of this policy, the term "tobacco and vaping products" includes cigarettes, chew, vape pens, e-cigarettes, cigars, and any other form of tobacco or vaping.

Enforcement will be achieved through education, awareness, and a spirit of cooperation. Individuals noticing violations should strive to be non-confrontational and respectful when communicating this change or contact Campus Police to assist. The College does not require faculty, staff, and students to quit using tobacco products; however, we do expect individuals to comply with this change while on college property.

This change is part of the McLennan Community College's commitment to creating a healthy and sustainable environment for all members of our community, and is designed to be positive and health-directed.

The following online resources are available for cessation:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/cessation/quitting/index.htm
Central Texas VA Health Center
www.centraltexas.va.gov/features/Smoke_Free.asp
Smokefree TXT
www.smokefree.gov/smokefreetxt

The following resources are available for employees with MCC insurance:

HealthSelect Members
https://healthselect.bcbstx.com/content/health-and-wellness-incentives/tobacco-cessation
Scott & White Members
https://swhp.org/Portals/0/Files/Forms/BSWH/Tools-and-Resources/Wellness-Program.pdf

The following resources are available for you to talk with an expert:

National Cancer Institute: 1-800-44U-QUIT

State of Texas Quitline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW