debbie cox 300MADISONVILLE (8/19/13) - Madisonville Community College's Health Sciences Campus has become a smoke-free/tobacco-free location as was announced during a press conference today at the campus.

MCC Chief Academic Officer Dr. Deborah Cox told the assembly of students and faculty that the implementation of the policy will ensure the college imparts a healthier lifestyle attitude.

"Really important day for all of us," said Cox. "Dr. Judith Rhoads, our president, has wanted for a long time to help lead our college into a more healthy direction. And, this is a very important step in that direction."
 
Cox filled in for Rhoads, who was not present at the conference due to a family emergency.
 
In a press statement, Rhoads said the policy stemmed from the presence of under age students on campus, litter from tobacco products, exposure to second-hand smoke at building entrances/exits and a desire to ensure clean air for every one visiting the campus.
 
The college was joined by Lisa Miller of the Hopkins County Health Department, who spoke about the free Cooper Clayton smoking cessation classes offered free beginning Sept. 5. The classes also are available online. For more information, go to: www.quitnowkentucky.orgor call 1-800-QuitNow.

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The administrative policy prohibits tobacco use on all college-owned property and within leased college office and classroom space, in all indoor and outdoor facilities including entrance steps and ramps, restrooms, pedestrian walkways, entryways, terraces and campus bus stops, in college-owned or leased vehicles, at meetings or conferences sponsored by MCC nor will tobacco products be sold in college facilities.
 
Rita Dukes Smith
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