MCCCD begins campus-wide smoking, tobacco use ban

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- A new smoking and tobacco ban is in place at all Maricopa County Community College District facilities.

The ban takes effect Monday and ends the presence of designated smoking areas on all campuses.

Violators will receive an initial warning before any disciplinary action is taken.

"Visitors who do not abide by the policy will be reminded of its provisions," according to the MCCCD's BreathEasy website. "Students and employees who violate the policy will be dealt with in the same way that we would deal with other policy violations. In the case of students, the matter will be considered a violation of the Student Conduct Code. In the case of employees, it will be considered a violation of employee conduct rules."

The ban is only in effect on district-owned property; and it does not extend to the perimeter sidewalks.

Chancellor Rufus Glasper said in a statement that the smoking ban following a growing trend on college campuses. About 700 college and universities throughout the country have already implemented similar smoke-free or smoke- and tobacco-free policies.
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The college district approved the new ban last fall.

The new policy includes all forms of tobacco, as well as e-cigarettes.

The Maricopa County Community College District includes 10 colleges: Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, Gateway, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain. There also are two skill centers: Maricopa and Southwest.