FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153


Marshall University honored for creating tobacco-free campus

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University was honored recently for its efforts in creating a tobacco-free campus. A brief ceremony took place Monday, Nov. 18, in the Shawkey Room inside the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp received an award from Dr. Harry K. Tweel, medical director of the  Cabell-Huntington Health Department. The award was made on behalf of the Cabell County Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Environment, which is based out of the health department.

Amy Saunders, director of student health education programs at Marshall, said several groups including the Student Government Association, the Classified Staff Council, the Faculty Senate and the Board of Governors helped work on this policy.

“The policy is one of the first steps in changing the culture on campus regarding tobacco use,” Saunders said. “Now we must begin to work on enforcing the policy and helping those that are addicted to nicotine.”

Marshall has been tobacco free since July 2013.

The coalition meets the fourth Monday of every month at noon at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department. Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Light refreshments are served. For more information about this event or to attend the Cabell County Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Environment meetings, please contact Teresa Mills, regional tobacco prevention coordinator at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, at 304-523-6483, EXT 283.

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Photo: Second from left, Dr. Harry K. Tweel, medical director of the Cabell-County Health Department, presents a plaque to Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp in recognition of the University developing a tobacco-free campus. Also pictured are, left, Dr. Robert Stanton, assistant dean of experiential learning with the MU School of Pharmacy, and, right, Dr. Joseph Shapiro, dean of the Marshall Medical School. Photo by Rick Haye/Marshall University.



For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
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