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For more information, contact Su Ofe, associate vice president for communications and marketing: firstname.lastname@example.org; (334) 833-4515
August 15, 2014
For immediate release:
Huntingdon College becomes smoke-free
Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College will begin the fall semester 2014 as a smoke-free campus, an initiative that began with a bill passed by the College’s Student Government Association last spring. The bill was signed into policy by President J. Cameron West in April. The “HC is Smoke-Free” initiative became effective August 1 and includes all forms of smoking tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs, and e-cigarettes, and all College-owned properties, including off-campus housing.
In placing their bill for consideration, SGA members cited the Centers for Disease Control statement that smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, killing 443,000 people annually. Moreover, second-hand smoke, according to the CDC, causes an estimated 42,000 deaths from heart disease and 3,400 lung cancer deaths among non-smokers in America annually. Recently, many colleges and universities, including Auburn University, Troy University, and the University of Mississippi, have declared their campuses “smoke-free.”
As the fall semester begins, signage will be placed where appropriate around campus. College spokeswoman Su Ofe said, “Adherence to the policy is the responsibility of each member of the Huntingdon family—faculty, staff, or student. We hope that all members of the College family and our visitors will comply with the policy.” Resources for those who would like to quit smoking or to help others quit smoking are available on the College website and through Huntingdon’s Office of Student Health Services. While smoking is allowed on city properties adjacent to campus, smokers have been asked to dispose of their tobacco waste in appropriate ashtrays or receptacles and not to litter parking lots, neighbors’ yards, or neighborhood streets.
“The HC is Smoke-Free initiative is just one measure by which Huntingdon can continue to promote healthy living and learning in mind, body and spirit, in addition to offering healthy food selections in the dining hall, facilities for exercise and wellness, a breadth of spiritual life programs, and an educational environment conducive to learning,” said Ofe.
Fall semester classes begin August 25.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. Ranked in the top tier of regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and consistently listed in the Princeton Review’s “The Best Colleges: Region by Region,” Huntingdon has for three years been recognized on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Washington Monthly, which ranks colleges on the basis of their contributions to the public good, places Huntingdon in the top 20% of 352 baccalaureate colleges.
-- Suellen (Su) Ofe Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications Huntingdon College 1500 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36106 (334) 833-4515; Cell (334) 324-6591