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Smoke/Tobacco-Free Exploratory Committee

This fall, members of the Emmanuel community were invited to attend a symposium at UMass Medical School on the topic becoming a tobacco-free campus. Thirty-five New England colleges were represented, including Northeastern University, Emerson College, Holy Cross and Boston University. Emmanuel's attendees returned to campus with compelling information and statistics from a variety of experts and organizations.

The College has convened a Smoke/Tobacco-Free Exploratory Committee comprised of administrators, faculty, staff and students to initiate a campus-wide dialogue regarding whether or not to go smoke and/or tobacco free. Over the next several months, the committee will seek input from all members of the College community. Feedback from smokers and non-smokers alike will be critical to the initiatives success. By April 2014, the committee will make a recommendation to the President's Cabinet and the Board of Trustees.

The members of the committee are as follows:

  • Jacqueline Alfonso Barry, Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Chris Baker '14
  • Justin Byers '15
  • Danielle Christy '14
  • Michael Conte, Assistant Director of Residence Life, Resident Director of St. Joseph Hall
  • Kristen Conroy, Associate Vice President for Operations
  • Lauren Davis, NP, Director of Health Services
  • Jon Ericksen Jr. '16
  • Erin Farmer Noonan, Director of Human Resources
  • Jack Kelly, Director of Campus Safety
  • Linda Lin, Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Chair
  • Elaria Meshreky '14
  • Maria Parisi, BSN graduate, Smoking Cessation Nurse Consultant, South Shore Hospital
  • Amy Stewart, Communications Manager, Office of Marketing Communications
  • Lori Sullivan, Senior Assistant to the President
  • Sarah Welsh, Vice President for Government + Community Relations


Please feel free to reach out to any member of the committee if you'd like to share your insight on the issue. Also, please continue to check this web page and the MySaints portal for updates.


An Emerging National Issue

The Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative (TFCCI) was launched in September 2012 by U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and other educational and tobacco policy experts at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

More from Howard Koh:

Smoke and Tobacco-Free U.S. Colleges and Universities

In September 2012, 16.9% of campuses were smoke or tobacco-free. (774 of 4,583 campuses)
Today, the percentage has jumped to 25.8% (1,182 of 4,583 campuses) and continues to rise.

List of Smoke/Tobacco-Free U.S. Colleges and Universities

News + Resources

  • Players find tobacco habit hard to shake

    by Peter Abraham
    The Boston Globe
    March 7, 2014
    "Smokeless tobacco use stubbornly remains a part of baseball, even though Major League Baseball has tried to discourage its use for the last few years."

    Read more
  • CVS to stop selling cigarettes by Oct. 1

    by Sarah Kliff
    Washington Post
    February 5, 2014
    "Executives said the move will cost the company $2 billion a year in lost sales."

    Read more
  • FDA Targets Teens In First Anti-Smoking Campaign

     by Maggie Fox
    NBC News
    February 4, 2014
    "According to the FDA, nearly 90 percent of adult smokers started using cigarettes by age 18."

    Read more
  • Smoking is Worse Than You Imagined

    New York Times
    January 19, 2014
    "The latest surgeon general's report on the health effects of smoking...offers astonishing new evidence of just how much harm tobacco is causing."

    Read more
  • Parks’ smoking ban taking effect immediately

    by Milton J. Valencia
    Boston Globe
    December 31, 2013
    "The Boston Parks and Recreation Commission approved a smoking ban...in city-run parks, immediately making it illegal to smoke cigarettes, marijuana, and other "lighted or vaporized" substances under the penalty of a $250 fine.

    Read more
  • How Cigarettes Became Uncool on Campus

    by Leon Nayfakh
    Boston Globe Magazine
    December 8, 2013
    "Being a smoker is an increasingly lonely path in America, and particularly on college campuses."

    Read more
  • E-Cigarettes Pose Real Risk to Teens

    BusinessWeek
    March 13, 2014
    "It's evidence that e-cigarettes, as the authors say, are 'aggravating rather than ameliorating the tobacco epidemic among youths.'"

    Read more
  • E-Cigarettes: A $1.5 Billion Industry Braces for FDA Regulation

    by Megan McArdle
    Businessweek
    February 6, 2014
    "Cigarettes are a global business that generates more than half a trillion dollars every year."

    Read more
  • Why e-cigarettes should be banned from minors

    by Gary A. Emmett, M.D., F.A.A.P.
    Philly.com
    March 18, 2014
    "E-cigarettes are being marketed as a device to help people stop smoking, but what about starting smoking?"

    Read more

Tobacco Cessation

Resources for Students

Lauren Davis, NP, Director of Health Services, Emmanuel College

If you have tried to quit before then you know that quitting tobacco is not easy. In fact, most cigarette smokers try on average to quit seven times before they are successful. It can be done, and we can help. Health Services has trained staff that can be of assistance in helping you quit. Research shows that getting help increases the chances you will be successful in your quitting efforts. Cessation aids (nicotine products and prescription medications) can help decrease withdrawal symptoms (i.e. trouble sleeping, mood changes, and trouble concentrating, etc.) from nicotine that is found in tobacco products. Additionally, cessation aids help in reducing desires and urges to smoke and use tobacco. By decreasing withdrawal symptoms, reducing desires and urges allows you to focus on modifying behaviors that may be associated with smoking and tobacco use.  So, whether you need a prescription for a cessation medication or just to talk, come in so we can help. We can provide you with the tools you need to become a nonsmoker for good.

If you would like to make an appointment at Health Services, please call 617-264-7678.  We are open Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and are located in the basement of St. Joseph Hall.

Tips and Tricks to Stop Tobacco

  • Get help. You are more likely to be successful if you use some type of help.
  • Prepare mentally, you will need willpower to break the habit for good.
  • Be prepared and be realistic. When you first quit you may feel restless, irritable, frustrated, and even sleepless. These will pass as the addictive effects of the nicotine in tobacco leave your system.
  • Make a list of why you want to be tobacco free. You can use this to help you through the tough first few days.
  • Set a date. This helps with your mental preparation.
  • Tell your friends, family, coworkers and everyone else who can be supportive. This helps make your quitting efforts more real.
  • Avoid temptation. Especially in the first few tough days, you will likely want to avoid situations or people who were part of your tobacco rituals.
  • Hang in there. It takes about two weeks to get nicotine out of your system. The cravings will subside and soon it will be much easier to say NO forever.


Resources for Faculty, Staff + Administrators

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care offers free telephone counseling, referrals to stop-smoking programs and online communities for subscribers.
Emmanuel's Employee Assistance Program, AllOne Health, also offers numerous resources, including articles, tobacco-free kits and counseling.

Contact the Office of Human Resources for more information.