FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER, 19, 2011
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
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BERKELEY COLLEGE IMPLEMENTS SMOKE-FREE POLICY
Berkeley College is proud to announce that on September 24 it will launch a Smoke-Free Policy at all locations. The policy prohibits smoking and the use of other tobacco-related products by all students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors at Berkeley College. This ban extends to areas in and around college buildings or other college property including walkways and parking lots.
“This new policy fosters an environment that protects and sustains the health and safety of the Berkeley College community,” said Dario A. Cortes, PhD, Berkeley College President.
Since 2010 the Berkeley College Office of Student Development and Campus Life (SDCL) has sponsored Smoking Cessation Information Tables and Smoking Cessation Support Groups for students. In addition, SDCL will run a series of programs devoted to the topic of how to quit smoking. Students also will be encouraged to participate in the American Cancer Society’s “Great American Smoke Out” in November.
Berkeley College associates and faculty members looking to give up cigarettes can turn to the College’s Human Resources Department for assistance.
“We all know the health risks of smoking. That doesn’t make it any easier to quit,” said Karen Carpentieri, Berkeley College Vice President of Human Resources. “We understand that one size does not fit all when smokers are trying to quit. Therefore, we have information on smoking cessation programs from Aetna, the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association, as well as other resources, available to assist our associates.”
The Smoke-Free Policy is an initiative of the Berkeley College Office of the President. The policy was developed with advice from Global Advisors on SmokeFree Policy (GASP).
Based in Summit, NJ, GASP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public on the benefits of smoke-free environments. The organization is a founding member of Tobacco-Free for a Healthy New Jersey, the 2011 statewide tobacco control effort under the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services’ Office of Tobacco Control.
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