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The award recognizes a team that has worked collaboratively on a unique, creative, or outstanding public health effort in the past year.
The association singled-out the group's work in establishing United Tribes as a tobacco-free college campus.
The award will be presented
The United Tribes tobacco-free policy is an outgrowth of a campus wellness initiative started 12 years ago by former UTTC President
The effort to curb smoking paralleled state and national programs aimed at improving learning and productivity, lowering rates of absenteeism, and addressing organizational health insurance issues.
The UTTC policy was adopted by the college's administrative council and signed by Gipp on
It prohibits the use of tobacco on campus properties, in campus-owned vehicles, and at institution sponsored off-campus functions. It applies to any product containing or manufactured from tobacco or containing nicotine. It also prohibits the use of e-cigarettes.
Exempted is the traditional or sacred use of tobacco. United Tribes continues to be a "tobacco honoring" campus for Native American spiritual and cultural ceremonies, when requests are made and approved in advance.
United Tribes is the third tribal college nationwide to take the comprehensive step of becoming tobacco-free, joining
The tobacco-free policy has placed more emphasis on quitting smoking. The college's Wellness Center hosts smoking cessation programs, along with individual services and assistance from the college's family nurse practitioner. Assistance from additional, off campus sources is also provided.
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