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Tobacco Advisory Committee Plans Two Forums

Tobacco Advisory Committee Plans Two Forums

The SUNY Cortland Tobacco Advisory Committee will offer two open forums on Wednesday, April 20, and Tuesday, April 26, to gather campus feedback regarding the Tobacco Free Campus Initiative.

Both sessions will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Corey Union, Rooms 301-303, and the latter session will precede the committee’s monthly meeting. All faculty, staff and students are invited to both sessions.

The committee, formed to consider ways to reduce tobacco use on campus, added the extra April 20 session after the success of a March 29 open forum. Twenty-five members of the campus community attended the meeting.

Formerly known as the SUNY Cortland Tobacco Advisory Coalition, the committee is co-chaired by Devin Coppola, the College’s physician, and Cathy Smith, a health educator from the Health Promotion Office. The committee includes more than 30 members representing faculty, staff and students as well as members of the surrounding community.

The committee’s charges from President Erik J. Bitterbaum are:

• to continue to explore ways to encourage smoking cessation at SUNY Cortland;

• to develop a graduated plan for the College to become a tobacco-free campus;

• to involve the unions and smokers and non-smokers in the process.

• to educate the campus community about the process and the rationale for this initiative.

For more information, contact Smith by email at catherine.smith@cortland.edu or phone at (607) 753-2066, or Coppola by email at devin.coppola@cortland.edu or phone at (607) 753-4811.