KC Community College System Goes Smoke-Free

7 years 9 months 1 week ago Wednesday, August 10 2011 Aug 10, 2011 Wednesday, August 10, 2011 4:46:00 AM CDT August 10, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The five-campus Metropolitan Community College system in Kansas City has gone tobacco-free.

The new policy was approved by the system's board of trustees in July. It took effect last week.

Metropolitan Community College Chancellor Mark James says the ban eliminates the danger of secondhand smoke. He says smoking bans at colleges and universities are a national trend.

The policy bars tobacco and tobacco substitute products on all campus premises, leased property and college-owned vehicles. It applies to visitors and contractors as well as students and employees.

James says that as part of the tobacco ban, the college system will offer help to people who want to quit smoking.

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