All Mott Community College facilities to go smoke-free

GENESEE COUNTY — In an effort to promote a healthier environment, Mott Community College is following a growing college trend by implementing a smoke-free and tobacco-free policy throughout the entire college system.

All Mott Community College locations, including the main campus, will be completely smoke-free and tobacco free as of the start of the Fall Semester, Sept. 4. All of the Mott Community College extension centers currently have a no-smoking policy, a ban implemented earlier as part of a step-by-step move toward a completely smoke-free institution.

Smoking will not be permitted indoors or outdoors at the MCC main campus located at 1401 E. Court St. in Flint. This is a ban on smoking cigarettes or tobacco of any kind in facilities or on the grounds that will be strictly enforced. That includes smoking outside doors of buildings or even in parking lots. The only place where individuals can smoke will be inside their own vehicles. (Smoking and/or the use of tobacco products is currently prohibited on all Mott Community College property and/or in vehicles, and within 25 feet of any entry/exit of any College building or facility).

MCC initiated the no-smoking policy with the Northern Tier Center, located at 4082 W. Vienna Road in Clio on Jan. 1, 2011, and moved forward with the process, extending the ban to MCC Lapeer Extension Center, located at 550 Lake Drive in Lapeer; the Southern Lakes Branch Center, located at 2100 W. Thompson Rd. in Fenton and the Livingston Center, located at 1240 Packard D. in Howell, effective Jan. 1.

MCC joins more than 774 colleges and universities across the nation, enacting smoke-free and tobacco-free policies, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, an educational nonprofit organization, which creates comprehensive programs to prevent the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and smoking among youth and adults.

Numerous studies have found that tobacco smoke is a major contributor to indoor air pollution, and that breathing secondhand smoke (also known as environmental tobacco smoke) is a cause of disease in healthy nonsmokers, including heart disease, stroke, respiratory illnesses and lung cancer.

Mott Community College is committed to providing a healthy, comfortable, and productive environment for the students, faculty, and staff of the college.

Details: Call 810-762-0456. — G.G.

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