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PRCC Bans Tobacco On Campus

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Pearl River Community College administrators plan to implement a smoking ban on all three of their campuses starting next year.

Students have mixed views about it.

"I don't think it's fair," said Marissa Morgan, PRCC student.

Morgan said she started smoking at 16.

"You shouldn't have to worry about smelling like smoke trying to get to class," said PRCC student Adam Purvis.

Administrators ave started placing signs around campus to notify everyone of the change.

"We wanted to give our students plenty of notice to make the effort to cease smoking," said the Forrest County Vice President of Operations Cecil Burt.

They've been planning the ban for about a year.

"We think it would be in the best interest of our students and employees," he said.

Right now, students have to smoke at least 30 feet away from building entrances.

"I really don't care much about it but at the same time just don't be blowing it in my face," said PRCC student Carnelius Jones.

"Everyone has their choices in life and if you don't want to walk in others smoke walk around it," Morgan said.

Burt says first time offenders will be issued a warning.

"The second time comes a $100 fine and third time could mean a dismissal," he said.

Administrators say they hope this helps improve the overall health of their students. The ban begins January 1.

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