USciences Represented at Summit on Tobacco-Free Campuses


Published on June 25, 2018

Donna Ryan of USciences Academic Technology Services represented USciences at a Summit on Tobacco-Free Campuses sponsored by The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) on May 2.

For the past several years, Alicia Miller, MPH, of Student Health and Counseling presented at the event, but was unable to make it this year and passed the baton on to Donna Ryan. Miller and Ryan were both key members of the Healthy Campus Coalition, an interdisciplinary coalition formed at USciences in 2013 to promote health and wellness.

The Coalition later became known as The Healthy Campus Initiative and was instrumental in developing the policy and implementing the tobacco-free campus at USciences in May 2014. USciences was one of the first universities in the Greater Philadelphia area to do so. Since 2008, there have been eight schools who have gone smoke or tobacco-free. According to PDPH, over 2,100 colleges and universities in the US have 100% smoke-free campus policies in place.

Other colleges and universities who presented at the PDPH invitation-only summit were: Thomas Jefferson University, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple, Drexel and the Community College of Philadelphia. The goal of the Summit was to provide a forum for participants to share ideas, insights, expertise and challenges with school leadership, representatives from student affairs and student health offices, HR, faculty, staff and students and anyone else interested in advocating for smoke-free policy on campus.    

To view the presentation, follow this link

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