Endwell United Methodist Church Adopts a Smoke Free Campus Policy

Tobacco Free Broome and Tioga

ENDWELL, NY – Reverend Jan Marsi, Pastor of the Endwell United Methodist Church, signed a policy declaring the campus to be smoke-free. All tobacco use on church grounds, including the parking lot is prohibited.

Reverend Marsi implemented the policy to protect all parishioners, visitors and staff of the church from exposure to second-hand smoke. “We want a healthy environment for all members and visitors of the church, especially the children. By establishing this policy, we will protect everyone from the dangers of secondhand smoke and model healthy behavior,” she stated.
 
The recently released 30th Surgeon General’s Report confirms that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and that tobacco smoke causes damage immediately to the cardiovascular system. Even low levels of tobacco exposure lead to disease and death. “We applaud the church’s adoption of a smoke free campus,” stated Sharon Fischer, Tobacco Free Broome & Tioga Coordinator at the Broome County Health Department.
 
“Smoke Free Campus” signage for the church was provided by Tobacco Free Broome and Tioga. For more information on establishing smoke-free policies or on quitting smoking, visit www.tobaccofreebt.org or contact the Broome County Health Department at 607.778.3068.
 
Tobacco Free Broome & Tioga is funded by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control. The goal of the TCP is to increase the capacity of Bureau funded partners to change tobacco policies and social norms. Tobacco Free Broome & Tioga is dedicated to building healthier communities through tobacco-free living and subscribe to the recommended CDC Conceptual Framework and Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs guidelines.    

 

12/15/2010 - 11:37am