Berry is tobacco-free beginning Saturday, Aug. 1
Release Date: July 30, 2015
largest college campus will become tobacco-free starting Saturday, Aug.
The new Berry College
tobacco policy will apply to all employees, students, contractors and guests in
the interest of the health and well-being of the campus community. Smoking is
currently not allowed in campus buildings or on The Martha Berry Museum and Oak
Hill property, but will become prohibited campus-wide under the new
regulations. The tobacco-free policy includes tobacco in the form of
e-cigs, vapor, chewing tobacco, etc.
“I am proud to lead Berry
College as we become tobacco free,” said Berry College President Stephen Briggs.
“Together we can make a positive statement about the value of personal and
community health here on Berry’s amazing, tobacco-free campus.”
There are currently 1,477
smoke-free campuses in the nation, of which 975 are tobacco-free. The Board of
Regents of the University System of Georgia implemented a tobacco-free policy
on all campuses owned by the University System of Georgia in Oct.
Berry will offer free
tobacco cessation services to students, employees and spouses. The Berry
Tobacco Cessation program was awarded a $12,000 CVS Health Community Grant in
the form of nicotine replacement therapy products to help people achieve their
best health through smoking cessation and prevention.
program is led by Berry College Director of Recreation Michael McElveen who has
several years of experience in tobacco cessation and extensive training as a
tobacco treatment specialist. Student peer educators also assist with the
tobacco cessation program and are required to complete over 10 hours
of healthcare professional training on tobacco dependence and cessation.