AUBURN – Central Maine Community College has been recognized for its “demonstrated leadership in adopting tobacco control policies that protect the health of its students, faculty and staff” by the Maine Tobacco-Free College Network.

The award was presented by Jessica Begley of Healthy Androscoggin on behalf of the Network on Nov. 18, which was also the 28th Great American Smokeout.

Student Coordinator Rachel Fogg led the College Health and Wellness Committee in a campus-wide awareness campaign on smoking-related issues, but “it’s a priority for our whole community,” according to Charles Collins, dean of students.

To earn the award, the college has made all indoor spaces, including the residence halls, tobacco-free and has banned smoking within 50 feet of all entrances. “Creating a tobacco-free environment not only protects non-smokers; it also encourages those who do use tobacco to consider quitting,” said Collins.

The leadership award was created by the Maine Tobacco-Free College Network, a coalition of several groups, including the American Cancer Society, the state Healthy Maine Partnerships, the Maine College Health Association, the American Lung Association and the Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Maine.


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