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DOH-Volusia - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Protects Employees From Second-Hand Smoke

By Holly Smith

December 20, 2016

Daytona Beach, Fla. - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) is creating a healthier campus. The Daytona Beach campus is strengthening the tobacco policy to prohibit use of all tobacco-related products on school property, such as electronic cigarettes and vaping products.

The stronger policy comes on the heels of the recent Youth Tobacco Survey, which shows teens are increasing their use of electronic vaping products but tapering off use of traditional tobacco, according to Patricia Boswell, Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) administrator.

"We have to continue to review our policies to keep up with new products that pose a threat to the health of the community," Boswell said. "This is an example of a local university exhibiting leadership by removing all tobacco products from its campus."

The university is in the process of reviewing and revising the tobacco policy to give clear definition as to what is considered unacceptable on ERAU-owned and rented property and in vehicles, explained Pam Petrone, RN and wellness coordinator for the ERAU Daytona Beach campus.

"We are aiming to encourage and provide wellness resources to our employees and students to allow them to improve their health and overall well-being," Petrone said. "We realize when employees and students implement healthy lifestyles, it allows each individual to be a leader in their career and future beyond ERAU. If measurable, we would like to see our ERAU population have a reduction in tobacco-related health issues."

The current policy was put into place in 2013 and states that tobacco use is not allowed on school property, school-owned vehicles or rented property, Petrone said. This has resulted in a significant decrease of tobacco use at the university.

For employees and students who may need assistance kicking the habit, the university will counsel students and employees on options to quit, Petrone said. Tobacco Free Florida also offers free resources.

For more information on tobacco policies or resources, please contact Kristen Mialki, DOH-Volusia tobacco program manager, at 386-274-0601 or .

For free help to quit smoking, call 1-877-U-CAN-NOW or visit TobaccoFreeFlorida.com.

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*Editor's note: Tobacco Free Florida's and DOH-Volusia's assistance with local tobacco free policy efforts are not lobbying but are services to build awareness and support of jurisdictional voluntary initiatives to improve the health of Floridians.

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