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Pfeiffer University Adopts 100 Percent Tobacco-Free Policy

Misenheimer, N.C. – Beginning January 1, 2012, Pfeiffer University will become a healthier place for students, staff and visitors. The Pfeiffer University Board of Trustees recently passed a policy that prohibits tobacco use anywhere on the grounds of its three campuses.

"This policy will help prevent exposure to the well-documented dangers of secondhand smoke," said Dr. Laura Gerald, executive director of the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund (HWTF), which works with colleges across the state to pass and implement these policies. "The adoption of this policy shows that Pfeiffer University is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of students, staff and faculty."

Pfeiffer University joins more than 30 public and private colleges and universities statewide to pass a tobacco-free policy. North Carolina is a national leader in the number of tobacco free colleges, with more than one-third of the state's colleges and universities having adopted the tobacco-free policy.

"Our goal in initiating this policy is to improve the environment at Pfeiffer for everyone – faculty, staff, students and visitors alike," said Dr. Russ Sharples, Dean of Students . "We all know the inherent dangers of tobacco use and now we, as a community, will be taking a stand to educate and support better health for everyone affiliated with the university."

The 100 percent tobacco-free policy applies to everyone on Pfeiffer's campuses in Charlotte, Misenheimer and Mooresville, including administrators, students, faculty, staff, visitors, vendors and contractors. The policy also prohibits the sale, distribution and/or advertisements of tobacco products on its campuses.

Tobacco use has been identified as the leading preventable cause of premature death and disease in the United States. More than one-quarter (28 percent) of 18-24 year-old North Carolinians smoke, representing the state's highest smoking rate across all age groups.

Pfeiffer University will promote cessation resources such as phone-based coaching provided by QuitlineNC. Funded by the HWTF, this service is available free to all North Carolina residents by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).


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