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P.G. Community College to Ban Smoking, Tobacco

WI Web Staff | 7/28/2014, 3:28 p.m.
Prince George’s Community College announced Monday it will prohibit smoking and tobacco usage on the Largo campus this fall, part ...
The surgeon general's latest report on tobacco use states that more than 5 million youth will die prematurely as adults as the result of smoking. (Courtesy of BET)

Prince George’s Community College announced Monday it will prohibit smoking and tobacco usage on the Largo campus this fall, part of a new initiative to decrease the risk factors that contribute to preventable diseases associated with tobacco products.

The "Breathe Free" campaign, which supports efforts to create a smoke/tobacco-free environment, provides cessation and wellness materials, screenings and workshops.

The tobacco-free policy goes into effect Sept. 15.

"We take our commitment to serving very seriously, and this forward-thinking policy to make PGCC a smoke/tobacco-free environment is in line with that commitment," said Charlene M. Dukes, school president. "To ensure the ‘Breathe Free’ program meets its goals of reducing and eliminating the number of individuals, employees, students, and visitors who smoke or use tobacco products, including electronic devices, we partnered with Dimensions Healthcare Systems, CareFirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente, and other health-focused organizations to provide on-going programs and information to assist individuals during and throughout this transition."