Central Carolina Technical College receives grant to address tobacco use

Published: Apr. 21, 2015 at 12:27 AM EDT|Updated: May. 1, 2015 at 12:27 AM EDT
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SUMTER, SC (WIS) - Central Carolina Technical College will join a national movement to address smoking and tobacco use at community colleges across the country.

CCTC Director of Public Relations Becky Rickenbaker says the school will receive a $5,000 grant from Legacy, the national public health organization responsible for the "truth" campaign seen and heard nationally.

"We are truly excited to start the process to make Central Carolina Technical College a safe, healthy and productive environment," said Terry Booth, vice president of business affairs and chair of the college's Wellness Team. "The health benefits of reducing secondhand smoke exposure are invaluable and could also help students prepare for the workforce where smoke-free policies are already the norm."

Over the next year, CCTC will form a taskforce to engage the campus community about tobacco use, assess tobacco use behavior and attitudes, conduct prevention and educational activities as well as identify a treatment plan for current smokers.

"I currently smoke and, yes, I think this will help me go into the idea of not smoking because smoking is not good for you," CCTC student Melissa Nelson said.

The taskforce could propose a smoke- or tobacco-free policy for the campus, but it would have to be approved by the College's Area Commission.

CCTC is now one of 38 community colleges around the nation receiving money, technical support and training from Legacy.

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