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  MCCC Is Smoke-Free    Mercer County Community College
Is Smoke-Free
Suggested Reasons to Quit Smoking

10 from
10 from webMD
12 from U.S. News & World Report
97 from
50 from Multicultural Advocates for
Social Change On Tobacco

5 (Unofficial) MCCC-Related Reasons

  • Save $$$ …better applied toward making your transfer plans even more promising.

  • Benefit from full lung capacity and demonstrate excellent breathing technique while cheering for the home team or singing along at Kelsey Theatre.

  • Let "asking for a light" have new meaning. Borrow from and contribute to the flame of wisdom of MCCC faculty, staff and students.

  • Arrive at Commencement ceremonies with the sweet smell of success, not nicotine.

  • Keep your Mercer connection alive and continue to pursue lifelong learning at MCCC.
  • Resources, Assistance and Support

    A free information packet, "Winning The Fight Against Tobacco," is available from the MCCC Office of Student Affairs (SC245; 570-3221).

  • New Jersey Quitnet
  • NJ QUITLINE: 1-866-NJSTOPS (657-8677)
  • UMDNJ Tobacco Dependence Program

  • 1-800-QUIT-NOW
  • American Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345
  • American Heart Association 1-800-AHA-USA1
  • American Legacy Foundation
  • American Lung Association 1-800-LUNG-USA
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • (National Cancer Institute)
         1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)
  • Official Policy
    approved by MCCC Board of Trustees 12/13/12

    I. Reason for Policy
    Mercer County Community College has a vital 
    interest in maintaining a healthy and safe 
    environment for its students, faculty, staff 
    and visitors. Furthermore, the U.S. Environ-
    mental Protection Agency has classified 
    secondhand smoke as a “Group A" human 
    carcinogen, which means there is no safe 
    level of exposure.
    II. Definitions
    A. Smoking – means the burning of, inhaling 
       from, exhaling the smoke from, or the 
       possession of a lighted cigar, cigarette, 
       pipe or any other matter or substance 
       which contains tobacco or any other 
       matter that can be smoked, or the
       inhaling of smoke or vapor from an 
       electronic smoking device.
    B. Campus grounds or property – means any 
       land, building or structure, including 
       partially enclosed structures, or any 
       part of any such land, building, or 
       structure, which is owned, leased, or 
       occupied by the college; it includes, but 
       is not limited to, parking lots, athletic 
       fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, and 
       any other outdoor area under the control 
       of the college.
    III. Policy Statement
    A. Smoking Restrictions
       1. Mercer County Community College is 
          a smoke-free institution. Thus, the 
          following restrictions are put into 
          a. Smoking on campus grounds is 
          b. Smoking is prohibited at all times 
             in all college-owned or leased vehicles.
       2. This policy shall be incorporated in the room reservations 
          policy and procedure and other methods of granting permission 
          for individuals and groups to use college space or facilities.
    B. Discipline/Fines
       Any employee or student who willfully violates this policy will 
       be subject to discipline according to established procedures. The 
       discipline will include a fine in the amount of $25 for the first 
       offense, $50 for the second offense, and $100 for each subsequent 
       offense. Visitors who refuse to comply with this policy may be 
       escorted off the premises by security staff.

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