Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS), together with Albany Law School, celebrated its new tobacco-free status with a kickoff event on Tuesday, September 10 at 11 in the ACPHS Student Center.
After the Board of Trustees approved a resolution in 2012, planning and implementation began in preparation for a tobacco-free campus. ACPHS instituted a campus-wide tobacco-free policy on August 1 and launched its Clean Space initiative, which extends to University Heights College Suites residence hall property and includes Albany Law School.
The College is committed to providing a healthy working and learning environment for the entire campus community and the Tobacco-Free Kickoff was a celebration of this notable step forward. Following remarks from ACPHS President James J. Gozzo and Penny Andrews, President and Dean of Albany Law School, the celebration continued with Zumba, healthy food samples, Weight Watchers, The Butt Stops Here tobacco cessation program information and more.
“The Clean Space initiative and our tobacco-free policy were implemented with the health and courtesy of our students, employees, and visitors in mind,” explains Gozzo. “As a health care based institution we want to set a standard of health and well-being. This was a natural step forward. ”
The school’s tobacco-free policy has been established to help limit the negative effects of tobacco use and promote a culture of health and wellness. All members of the ACPHS community (including visitors) are expected to exercise respect, cooperation, and compliance with this new policy.
About Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, independent institution committed to graduating the best health care minds in the world. In addition to its doctor of pharmacy program, ACPHS offers five bachelor’s programs and five graduate programs in the health sciences. The College’s main campus is located in Albany, New York; its satellite campus is in Colchester, Vermont.