Trocaire Earns Top Marks for Tobacco Policy

Trocaire College has earned an “A” grade for its tobacco-free campus policy from the American Cancer Society (ACS), the ACS Cancer Action Network and the NYS Colleges Tobacco Free Initiative. The positive ranking puts Trocaire at the top of the recently released Tobacco-Free U: 2015 NYS Dean’s List, which documents and grades all New York colleges on the status of their tobacco use policies.

According to its website, the NYS Colleges Tobacco Free Initiative is a statewide partnership dedicated to encouraging IMG_20151103_133726_300and supporting colleges and universities to implement effective tobacco-free campus policies while creating a culture of compliance.

“We commend your institution on your policy and for creating a healthier campus with respect for others and the environment,” Alvaro Carrascal, Vice President of Health Systems at the American Cancer Society, said in an email. “We understand that promoting and maintaining a culture of health and compliance with the policy requires ongoing vigilance.”

An “A” grade means Trocaire has a 100 percent tobacco-free campus policy, which prohibits all forms of tobacco use, anywhere on college property and in college-owned vehicles. Thirty percent of colleges surveyed—60 out of 201—made that grade. The next grade, “B,” was given to colleges with a smoke-free tobacco policy.

According to the Tobacco-Free U report, 85 colleges in New York (42 percent) are either smoke-free or tobacco-free. That figure represents a 28 percent increase in smoke-free and tobacco-free policy implementation since 2012.

To get tips and materials on how to quit smoking, contact the American Cancer Society (ACS) at 1-800-227-2345 or www.cancer.org.