VMRC Going Tobacco Free

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- After 60 years, one of the Valley's largest employers is going tobacco free.

The Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community will implement its new policy on October 1. Starting then, VMRC will no longer allow tobacco products, like cigarettes, on its campus in Harrisonburg.

The retirement community has 460 employees and houses 700 people.

Leaders with VMRC said they decided to make the change to provide a healthy living and work environment by addressing the leading cause of death in the United States.

"Becoming tobacco free, we're assuring that the environment that we are providing aging services to residents and our visitors and for those who work here is the best that we can that matches our philosophy of helping people age well," said Maureen Pearson, the director of communications at VMRC.

VMRC will offer classes to support those employees and residents who want to quit smoking or use any other tobacco products.