Effective today, Aug. 1, Maysville Community and Technical College joins a growing number of colleges and universities across the country that have adopted a tobacco-free policy.

MCTC administrators cited their commitment to provide and maintain a safe and healthy environment for students, employees and visitors as a major rationale for naming MCTC a tobacco-free institution.

"We started communicating our plan to be tobacco free last spring, so that students would not be surprised when they returned for fall classes," said MCTC President Dr. Ed Story.  "We've offered several smoking cessation classes on all of our campuses to provide employees and students who want to quit with the tools and support they need.  We will continue to offer these programs as often as needed."

The new policy will prohibit all tobacco or e-tobacco products from being used on any college property or in any college facility.  Smoking has been prohibited inside MCTC buildings for many years.

The fall semester begins Aug. 19.

College officials have said every MCTC employee shares equally in the responsibility for adhering to and enforcing the new policy.  Officials will also continue to examine policies at other higher education institutions and develop and refine its enforcement policy.