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Date: July 2, 2008
Media Contacts: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

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Montgomery College to Go Tobacco-Free August 1, 2008
All Tobacco Products, Including Cigarettes, Chewing Tobacco, Prohibited on College Property

Montgomery College campuses will go tobacco-free beginning on August 1, 2008. All tobacco products, including cigarettes and chewing tobacco, will be prohibited from Montgomery College property, including its three campuses at Germantown, Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, and its central administration building in Rockville. This new policy affects all buildings, athletic fields, pedestrian walkways, entryways, outdoor terraces, campus bus stops and parking lots.  

The tobacco-free policy, approved recently by the Board of Trustees, was developed after a yearlong series of discussions by the College’s Tobacco and Smoke Free Task Force. The task force—comprised of College faculty, staff and student members—began meeting in the spring of 2007 with the goal of revising the College’s tobacco use policy. Until August 1, the current policy prohibits smoking within 25 feet of a College building.

Montgomery College’s new tobacco-free policy encourages healthy choices among our faculty, staff and students,” said Dr. Brian K. Johnson, president of Montgomery College. “As an institution of higher learning, the Montgomery College community should be a model for health education and wellness for the greater community.”

Initially, the College community and a team of part-time, short-term staff members, known as Healthy Campus Advocates, will support the regulation of the tobacco-free policy. The Healthy Campus Advocates will inform and remind students, faculty, staff and visitors of the new policy and report violations as appropriate.

Montgomery College officials have long been interested in the health and wellness of its students, faculty and staff. In 2001, the College received funding from the Maryland State Cigarette Restitution Fund to support the Healthy Campus Initiative. Through the initiative, the College developed educational programs that raise awareness about the effects of tobacco use and established a commitment for Montgomery College to become completely tobacco-free.

For more information on Montgomery College's tobacco-free policy, which takes effect on August 1, please visit http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/tobaccofree/.

 
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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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