10 Dec

  • By Scott Taylor
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It has been another great semester here at Mat-Su College. As of November 19th we are officially a smoke and tobacco-free campus.  To celebrate our campus becoming tobacco-free we had a kick-off celebration with several honored speakers attending; including Becky Stoppa, Coordinator of the Alaska Tobacco Prevention & Control Program. In April 2014, UAA students voted to be a smoke-free campus. Multiple people offered their powerful testimonies of what tobacco did to someone they loved, and thanked the college for taking this step to improve the health of the community.

The November 19th event correlated with the Great American Smoke out, a nationwide event founded by the American Cancer Society, to encourage people of all ages to quit the harmful tobacco habit. With the campus being tobacco-free for over a month, improvements in health and air quality can already be observed on campus. Most students and faculty have expressed gratitude that their wishes have finally been acknowledged.

  By: Caleb Berry

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Becky Stoppa, Coordinator of the Alaska Tobacco Prevention & Control Program