TCU officials said Tuesday that the school has been awarded a $20,000 grant to help it establish policies that will end smoking and tobacco use on campus.
TCU is one of the first among 20 colleges and universities nationwide to receive a grant from the American Cancer Society and the CVS Health Foundation’s Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative, which will award $3.6 million in grants to colleges and universities within three years to advocate for, adopt and implement a 100 percent smoke-and-tobacco-free campus policies.
“We’re honored to be one of the first universities to receive this pioneering grant and look forward to using these critical new resources to enable our tobacco prevention task force to successfully promote the adoption and implementation of a strong 100 percent tobacco-free policy on campus,” said Dr. Suzy Lockwood, associate dean for nursing at TCU.
The Education Department reports there are about 4,700 institutions of higher education in the United States. According to the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, only 1,427 college campuses are 100 percent smoke-and-tobacco-free.
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“To be successful in creating a tobacco-free generation, it is important that we prevent and eliminate lethal and addictive tobacco use among America’s college students,” said Cliff Douglas, vice president for tobacco control and director of the American Cancer Society’s Center for Tobacco Control.
This grant announcement coincides this week with the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on Thursday, an intervention effort to encourage smokers to quit for a day, quit for good or make a plan to quit.