CBU Promotes Healthy Environment With Tobacco-Free Campus

On August 1, Christian Brothers University (CBU) implemented its Tobacco-Free Campus initiative. Striving to create a healthy environment for its students, faculty, staff and visitors, CBU began the first phase of becoming a tobacco-free campus by the end of 2012.

Smoking is the most preventable cause of death in America and those that are exposed to secondhand smoke face an increased risk of cancer and heart disease. CBU joins a growing list of colleges and universities who are going tobacco-free in order to protect students and workers from second hand smoke and the effects of smoking.

“As part of the University’s continuing effort to be a leader in the Memphis wellness community movement, CBU is taking the next step towards becoming a tobacco-free campus,” stated Ken Massa, CBU Director of Human Resources. “Promoting a healthier lifestyle for all, ties into the University’s Lasallian principles of Faith, Service, and Community. With this first phase, CBU is on its way to building a better and healthier campus, and impacting the overall health of the Memphis community.”

CBU kicked-off its “Tobacco-Free Campus” initiative in November in conjunction with the annual Great American Smoke-Out. Since then, CBU has taken strides to prohibit smoking and the use of tobacco products on its campus. To aid individuals, numerous programs and services, including support groups, cessation classes, speakers, and discussion groups have been offered to members of the campus community. With the new initiative in place, CBU will be banning the use of all tobacco products on the University campus, except in visibly marked designated areas.

For more information on CBU’s Tobacco-Free Initiative, visit www.cbu.edu/cbu/StudentLife/TobaccoFreeInitiative/index.htm or contact Karen Conway-Barnett at kconway@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3536. ###

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