SUNY Oswego launched new tobacco-free policy on Jan. 1

The new year signaled a fresh start for SUNY Oswego. Here is the college's new tobacco-free, smoke-free policy, and latest news release.

* The Great American Smokeout was Thursday, November 20.  SUNY Oswego held a well-attended promotional event on the Marano Campus Center mezzanine. The team effort of the college's Clean Air Committee, Mary Walker Health Center, Lifestyles, Campus Life and an enthusiastic group of student volunteers made for a first-class awareness- and consciousness-raising happening. Cessation workshops and information, an appearance by hapless character "Ciggy Butts," logo-inscribed bracelets and mints, free food -- Oswego's Smokeout was smokin'!

* Trisha DeWolf, alcohol and other drugs program coordinator, and Donna Jerrett, tobacco-cessation coordinator at Mary Walker Health Center, appeared October 23 in Syracuse on a panel titled "Creating a Tobacco-Free Campus: Lessons Learned" during the annual meeting of the New York State College Health Association.

* The college's Clean Air Committee worked this summer and into the fall to raise awareness for Tobacco Free 2015, teaming with Facilities Services this summer to station OzQuits! sandwich board-style signs in campus buildings, tabling at Cruisin' the Campus during orientation sessions and planning on a broad front for education, communication and cessation initiatives, from permanent signage to awareness events.

* President Stanley officially kicked off the OzQuits! campaign on Earth Day, April 22. Student volunteers assisted Campus Life staff members and other Clean Air Committee members kicking off the educational, communication and cessation campaign leading to the initiation of the college's tobacco- and smoke-free policy on Jan. 1.

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