Manhattan College was awarded a grant from the Truth Initiative. It is a national public health organization dedicated to achieving a culture where all young people refuse smoking, e-cigarettes and nicotine, and has a 100% tobacco and e-cigarette free campus policy. Manhattan College is one of 18 colleges to receive this award as part of a national campaign among students, faculty and administrators to tackle smoking, e-cigarettes and nicotine use on college campuses across the nation.
Youth e-cigarette use remains a serious public health threat, with more than 2.5 million high school and middle school students using e-cigarettes before starting college, according to the latest National Youth Tobacco Survey data. increase. Also, young people who use e-cigarettes are more likely to start smoking than young people who do not smoke e-cigarettes. Cigarette and e-cigarette free policies are more important than ever as e-cigarette use among young people continues at epidemic levels.
Over the next 17 months, Manhattan College will assess behaviors and attitudes regarding smoking, e-cigarettes and tobacco use, identify quit support plans for current smokers and e-cigarette users, Form a campus task force to create a non-use campus policy. Two student leaders will also spearhead educational efforts, engage and mobilize fellow students, and build a movement for a tobacco/e-cigarette free campus.
“Grants and support from the Truth Initiative help students, staff, and faculty use tobacco and e-cigarettes to make campus environments healthier for all by promoting physical and mental well-being. We will help you design and implement a non-renewable initiative,” said Esmilda Abreu. PhD, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Dean of Students. “We are working with our community and our partner, The Truth Initiative, to develop plans for tobacco- and e-cigarette-free campuses, where universities and institutions that serve minorities are spearheading the realization of a future. A place where young people choose to live nicotine-free.”
Since 2015, the Truth Initiative’s Tobacco/Vape-Free College Program has funded over 200 colleges and university systems to be 100% tobacco and e-cigarette free. Given the tobacco industry’s long history of targeting specific communities, this subsidy program will help people from low-income communities, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people, military personnel, and people with mental illness. It aims to serve colleges and universities whose populations are disproportionately affected by tobacco.
Robin Koval, CEO and President of Trus Initiative, said: “We are proud to continue to build relationships, provide grants to institutions, and provide the support and tools to counter decades of targeted marketing by Big Tobacco University. Providing the tools and resources to develop tobacco/e-cigarette free policies for young people will help achieve a future where young people refuse to smoke, e-cigarettes and use nicotine.”