MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) - As students of Northwest-Shoals Community College arrive on campus to get their schedules and pick up their books for the fall semester, they will be receiving a message from school leaders.
Northwest recently joined nearly 1,200 universities and colleges in the United States who have banned smoking on school campuses.
“As a college, we are always looking for ways to provide our students as well as our employees with the best environment possible,” stated college spokesman Trent Randolph. “We just felt like this was a perfect time to do that.”
According to Randolph, the policy will prohibit the use of smoking products, including electronic cigarettes, on both the Muscle Shoals and Phil Campbell campuses.
Randolph said they will give students and faculty time to adjust to the new policy that goes into effect on August 19th, which is the first day of classes.
“After a certain amount of time, we will give them warnings. After you get your first warning then you may be subject to a fine after that,” explained Randolph.
The one place students or faculty will be able to smoke while on campus is inside their vehicles.
Northwest-Shoals plans to place signage around campus to help inform and remind students and faculty about the new policy.
Maintenance workers are also in the process of removing smoker receptacles from around the campuses.