MS School Going Tobacco Free

Northeast Mississippi Community College will make all of its campuses tobacco free as of Jan. 1.

Ricky Ford, athletic director and dean of student services, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the first semester of the 2011-2012 academic year will be used to make sure everybody knows what to expect.

Ford says school president Johnny Allen will send a letter to campus groups to announce the transition.

Ford says the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition will help educate students, faculty and staff about smoking-cessation classes and options.

Earlier this year, Itawamba Community College became a smoke-free campus.