Saunders recognized for anti-tobacco work

Amy Saunders, director of the Office of Student Health Education Programs, received recognition as “Outstanding Coalition Member” for her work with the @gainst Tobacco program at Marshall and her work with the Cabell County Coalition for Tobacco-Free Environments during the West Virginia Conference on Spit Tobacco last month at the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia.

A conference co-chair noted that “Amy embodies the perfect example of a coalition member—she is passionate, dependable, and works diligently to save young people from the sickness, disease and death caused by tobacco use.”

To help continue that work, the Office of Student Health Education Programs has received a $7,000 grant from the West Virginia Division of Tobacco Prevention to work on tobacco prevention, education and cessation with students. The office will be working closely with the Cabell-Huntington Health Department in implementing the activities under this grant.

In West Virginia the adult prevalence of cigarette smoking, currently at 26.8%, is the highest of any of the 50 states and smokeless tobacco use also remains high among high-school males at 24.8% and adult males at 15.5%, according to Break Free Alliance (2012).