approved by MCCC Board of Trustees 12/13/12
SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS (OMB 695)
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.
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.
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.