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Island University Partners with American Cancer Society, CVS Health Foundation to Explore Potential Smoke-Free Policies

November 17, 2016


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi recently received a $20,000 grant as part of the American Cancer Society and the CVS Health Foundation’s Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI), a $3.6 million multi-year program intended to accelerate the adoption and implementation of 100 percent smoke and tobacco free campus policies. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is one of the first 20 colleges and universities to receive a TFGCI grant.

The timing of this grant could not be better as the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout, an intervention effort to encourage smokers to quit for a day, quit for good, or make a plan to quit, will take place on Nov. 17.

“We’re honored to be one of the first universities to receive this pioneering grant,” said Dr. Amanda Drum, Executive Director of Strategic Engagement Initiatives at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “We look forward to using this new resource to support our Tobacco Prevention Taskforce in successfully promoting a smoke-free campus policy proposal.”

Through this grant, the Island University will receive technical assistance and resources to support education, communications, cessation and evaluation efforts and to build support for the smoke and tobacco free campus proposal which will be presented to the campus community in June 2020. 

According to the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, 1,427 college campuses of the more than 4,700 nationwide are 100 percent smoke and tobacco free. To assist in this mission, A&M-Corpus Christi offers the services of Islanders Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (I-ADAPT). The purpose of I-ADAPT is to promote healthy choices and reducing the harmful effects caused by abusing alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

“Protecting the health and wellness of our faculty, staff, students and visitors and creating a healthier campus environment is a very high priority,” said Drum.