UMM Receives Award for Tobacco-Free Efforts
MACHIAS, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias has been selected by the Maine Tobacco-Free College Network to receive a Gold Star Standards of Excellence award for its efforts to create tobacco-free environments and support tobacco-free lifestyles. UMM is one of eight colleges or universities in Maine to be recognized with the award.
In recent years the Machias campus implemented a Clean Air Policy, created smoke-free areas around buildings, athletic fields, and sidewalks, and limited smoking to two designated smoking shelters. The University also banned the promotion, sale, and free distribution of tobacco products on campus.
“UMM is committed to creating an environment that promotes healthy lifestyles and improves the quality of our campus,” said President Cynthia Huggins. “We are exploring the possibility of moving more in the direction of being an entirely smoke-free campus.”
As part of UMM’s ongoing effort to create a healthier campus, a wellness committee was formed to promote physical and mental well-being by providing activities, information, and resources for the campus community. The group regularly sponsors Lunch and Learn seminars, walks, and healthy competitions.
UMM will be presented with the award at a November 17th ceremony in Bangor.
Other 2011 award winners include the University of Maine, Kennebec Valley Community College, University of Maine Hutchinson Center, Unity College, Northern Maine Community College, University of Maine at Presque Isle, and University of New England.
The Maine Tobacco-Free College Network is an initiative of the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine and is dedicated to providing Maine’s post-secondary learning institutions with the information and resources needed to make campuses smoke- and/or tobacco-free.
To learn more, visit www.MaineTobaccoFreeCollegeNetwork.org.