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UNCP receives funding for Tobacco Task ForceBy Robert Deckert
Caroline Mage and Tai Bryant, two medical students from UNC Chapel Hill, spoke at the Chavis University Center on Jan. 24 about tobacco awareness and updated research on harm done to non-smokers as well as smokers.
The creation of a tobacco task force was one of the major steps in making the UNCP campus smoke free.
“New research shows that secondhand smoke is more dangerous then we originally thought,” said Schwarze.
“People assume outdoors is safe,” said Mage. “Secondhand smoke outdoors forms a cone shape and non-smokers are still exposed to the toxic fumes.”
Additional benefits include reduced insurance costs and fire risk in a smoke-free environment and reduction of the levels of metabolized nicotine in non-smokers.
“The tobacco task force is a really powerful voice for students,” said Schwarze.
Monica Osburn, director of counseling and testing services, said they listen to student concerns. For example, when students complained about having to go through smoke to get into the Education Building, they moved the smoking area.