Baruch College Implements CUNY-Wide Revised Tobacco-Free Policy

"Clean Space" Campaign To Promote Positive Health and Learning Behaviors on Campus

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NEW YORK, NY- November 6, 2012 – Baruch College is launching its Clean Space campaign to promote positive health behaviors and a tobacco-free campus. The campaign is part of a CUNY-wide initiative to provide a healthy and safe environment for students, employees, and visitors.

At its meeting on January 24, 2011, the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York approved an expanded tobacco policy, making CUNY the largest tobacco-free university system in the United States. All CUNY schools are implementing the revised tobacco policy as part of the Tobacco-Free CUNY initiative that offers information and resources online.

The tobacco-free policy applies to every person who comes to a CUNY campus, including visitors, faculty, staff, volunteers, students, contractors, and service representatives. The revised policy is being implemented to all areas of CUNY campuses. Grounds and facilities under CUNY jurisdiction are included in this policy, as well as indoor locations and outdoor locations such as playing fields; entrances and exits to buildings; and parking lots.

On the Baruch campus, Clean Space signage will be placed around campus to indicate tobacco-free locations including entrances at each of the College’s buildings. Clean Space information will also be available online, on campus television monitors, and bulletin boards. Tobacco products include, but are not limited to, cigarettes (traditional and electronic cigarettes), chew, pipes, cigars, hookah or waterpipe smoking, snuff, and snus.

“Our Clean Space campaign is intended to bring awareness to the benefits of respecting others and sharing a clean and healthy learning environment,” said Mary Gorman, Chief of Staff. “Through our campaign, we also plan to strengthen and promote smoking cessation services to all faculty, staff and students.”

Cessation Resources are available for individuals who are interested in quitting smoking. Baruch students interested in quitting smoking can visit the Student Health Center located at138 East 26th Street, Main Floor (between Lexington and 3rd Avenues) or call (646) 312-2040. Faculty and staff can contact the CUNY Work/Life Program, a voluntary, free, and confidential benefit administered by Corporate Counseling Associates at 1-800-833-8707. All CUNY employees are eligible for the free city-administered Employee Smoking Cessation Program (ESCAPE). Support is provided by experienced Tobacco Treatment Specialists in person or by phone. For information call (212) 676-2393 for an appointment, and/or visit the website for further information.

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About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Manny Romero, (646) 660-6141, manuel.romero@baruch.cuny.edu

Mercedes Sanchez, (646) 660-6112, mercedes.sanchez@baruch.cuny.edu

Celene McDermott, (646) 660-6134, Celene.mcdermott@baruch.cuny.edu