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Embry-Riddle Campuses Launch Tobacco-Free Policy Aug. 1, 2013

Initiative Includes University Support Programs for Students, Staff and Faculty

July 31, 2013

Effective Aug. 1, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., residential campuses as well as the Worldwide headquarters in Daytona Beach will join hundreds of other universities around the country as a Tobacco-Free campus.

"I believe becoming a tobacco-free campus will be refreshing for our students,” said Prescott Campus’ Student Government Association President Josh Bailey. “Students can enjoy our campus' beauty without having to worry about making decisions based on the effects of smoking.”

The policy will apply to all faculty, staff, students, visitors, vendors and contractors.  This includes no smoking or tobacco use of any kind allowed in any building, residence hall, parking area, grounds or parked vehicles on university owned or leased property. Embry-Riddle will be joining more than 600 campuses in the United States that are tobacco-free.

“We care about the health of the entire Embry-Riddle community,” said Embry-Riddle President Dr. John P. Johnson. “This is about doing the right thing. This is a team effort to provide support and encouragement for our students, staff and faculty so they can lead a healthier lifestyle.”

As part of the kick-off, students, staff and faculty will participate in activities at both residential campuses in Florida and Arizona. Embry-Riddle joins Daytona State College and Bethune-Cookman University with smoke-free college campuses in Volusia County, and more than a dozen colleges in Arizona. The Daytona Beach campus will be hosting a student, staff and faculty campus clean-up July 31 in preparation for the policy kick-off.

"We applaud the efforts of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for moving forward to create a healthier workplace,” said Dr. Bonnie J. Sorensen, Director of Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, who will present the university with an award for enacting the policy during the Aug. 1 kick-off festivities at the Daytona Beach Campus. “Policies establishing smoke-free environments are the most effective way to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke. Eighty-eight deaths occur daily in Florida from smoke-related illnesses.”

Tobacco Cessation Classes and counseling are available immediately for students, staff and faculty. For more information, visit the campus-specific websites: Daytona Beach – tobaccofree.erau.edu/daytona-beach/; and Prescott – tobaccofree.erau.edu/prescott/.

Media Contact
Melanie Hanns
Director, University Public Relations
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Office: (386) 226-7538
melanie.hanns@erau.edu

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 70 baccalaureate, master's and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit http://www.embryriddle.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.