FAMU receives $20,000 grant from CVS Health Foundation

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Posted at 3:46 PM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 15:46:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Florida A&M University has received a grant to help advocate for, adopt and implement a 100 percent smoke and tobacco-free campus.

The University received a $20,000 grant from the CVS Health Foundation, , in partnership with the Truth Initiative and the American Cancer Society, which is designed to help 126 U.S. colleges and universities go 100 percent tobacco-free. 

"We seek to continue our ongoing efforts in moving the University toward being a part of the first tobacco-free generation,” said Mary Simmons, Ph.D., principal investigator for the FAMU grant and director of the School of Allied Health's Division of Cardiopulmonary Science. “The health of our students, faculty, staff and community is of great importance and we are happy to play a role in improving the quality of life for others.”  

Only 1,611 campuses are 100 percent smoke and tobacco-free, according to an Americans for Nonsmokers Rights analysis.

Area schools that are not tobacco-free and wish to pursue a new policy are invited to apply for the next round of grants at