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Johnson C. Smith University to be tobacco-free

Charlotte, N.C., Oct., 2014 – In a major step to foster a healthy learning environment, Johnson C. Smith University will join a growing number of U.S. colleges and universities that have adopted a tobacco-free campus policy.

While smoking has long been prohibited in JCSU’s buildings, the new policy that takes effect January 1, 2015 will extend to all campus grounds and university-owned and operated properties. Not only will this new policy affect cigarette smoking; it will encompass other tobacco and smoking products such as e-cigarettes.

As the university gears up to become a tobacco-free campus, an information campaign will take place over the next five months to help students and employees break their addiction to tobacco products. The campaign will offer health-related information, multiple smoking cessation programs and designate temporary smoking areas.

 According to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, at least 1,372 campuses and universities have adopted the 100 percent smoke-free policy. Of these, 938 are 100 percent tobacco-free. “JCSU is proud to soon join these institutions as we strive to uphold our commitment to create a happy and healthy environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors,” said Dr. Ronald L. Carter, president of JCSU.

JCSU is the fourth university in the area to adopted a tobacco-free campus policy where no tobacco products are allowed anywhere on campus. The others include Central Piedmont Community College, Gardner Webb, Wingate and Pfeiffer universities.

“As Mecklenburg County's Health Director, I would like to applaud Johnson C. Smith University for showing bold leadership in adopting a 100 percent  tobacco-free campus policy for students, staff and visitors,” said Dr. Marcus Plescia. “A tobacco-free policy sends a clear message that the university values the well-being of its students, employees and the community, and is willing to take steps to promote a culture of health on campus.”

About Johnson C. Smith University

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study, including a master’s degree in social work, to more than 1,400 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit www.jcsu.edu or follow the university on social media sites Facebook , TwitterYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.   

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