ICC campuses to go tobacco free Jan. 1

FULTON – All Itawamba Community College campuses will prohibit the use of tobacco products after Jan. 1.
The new policy, announced Wednesday, will ban smoking and smokeless tobacco on ICC’s grounds and in its buildings, parking area walkways, recreational and sporting facilities. It also will apply to college-owned vehicles.
Vice president of student services Buddy Collins said the new policy was designed to promote a healthy lifestyle.
“There is so much more to the educational process than what is in the classroom,” Collins said. “It is also important to learn about civility and respect for others.”
The college’s current policy states that anyone using tobacco must not impede pedestrian flow on sidewalks or in front of buildings or main entrances. But Collins said it was difficult to enforce.
He said the idea for a tobacco-free policy began about two years ago when the student government association began circulating a petition asking for one.
The college will use the fall to communicate its new policy to students and also to offer information to help them quit their use of tobacco.
ICC’s new policy goes further than those of other area schools.
While Northeast Mississippi Community College, the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University all restrict tobacco use, none is completely tobacco free.
Northeast prohibits smoking and tobacco use within all college facilities. The college does have designated smoking areas outside each building.
At the University of Mississippi, tobacco use is restricted to designated spots located around campus. The university does not allow tobacco use within its buildings.
Mississippi State also does not allow tobacco use within university buildings or vehicles, but does allow smoking as long as it takes place at least 25 feet away from any enclosed area.

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