EDISON — Middlesex County College recently announced a new policy that prohibits smoking anywhere on campus. The policy, which took effect July 1, prohibits smoking tobacco in any campus building, college vehicle or while outdoors. The only exception is in personal vehicles.
In the fall of 2008, the college adopted a policy that restricted smoking to parking lots and to two gazebos on campus. The gazebos have been removed.
The new policy was passed by the College Assembly, which is an organization of faculty, administrators, staff and students that recommend policy changes to the college president, Joann La Perla-Morales. Dr. La Perla-Morales signed the new policy last spring and it was also approved by the College Board of Trustees.
Theresa Orosz, chair of the College Assembly, said that Middlesex is joining hundreds of colleges nationwide in prohibiting smoking on campus.
“It really is a benefit for all,” she said. “First, it protects non-smokers from the ills of second-hand smoke,” she said. “It promotes a cleaner campus. It also compliments our efforts to be a more environmentally friendly institution by recycling, energy efficiency and green building. We want to provide the healthiest environment possible for those who study, work and visit.”
To assist smokers in kicking the habit, the college continues to offer various cessation programs and information to services provided in the state of New Jersey at http://nj.quitnet.com/.
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