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Local colleges celebrate tobacco-free policies

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RIT is one of the many college campuses in the area that is smoke-free.

The tobacco-free initiative has been pushed by the Million Hearts Mission, and with May being National High Blood Pressure Month, local college presidents talked about how each of their schools have been trying to get healthier.

Outgoing RIT President Bill Destler says that when it comes to tobacco, it is one step at a time.

“Our current restrictive policy is only a couple of years old and what you’ll see is that with the successful implementation of that policy there will now be a new movement to move completely tobacco-free,” said Destler. 

Other local colleges that are smoke- or tobacco-free include University of Rochester, Monroe Community College, Nazareth College, and the College at Brockport.

There are only 1,500 colleges and universities across the U.S. that are both smoke- and tobacco-free.

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