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UMFK interns work toward a smoke free campus

May 13, 2005

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent is continuing to move forward with its goal of improving campus health. Toward that end, two students in the nursing program, Larry Nadeau and Tina Caron will present a campus-wide presentation on tobacco use, Thursday, May 19 at 12:00 noon in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room.

Both Nadeau and Caron are working on completing an internship for the American Cancer Society, with the overall goal of making the UMFK campus healthier for every student, staff, faculty, and community member.

Nadeau, a senior at UMFK will speak on reducing tobacco use on campus and discuss health issues concerning tobacco. He developed a survey to raise discussion and thought on awareness of tobacco prevention, and will share the results during the workshop.

Caron, a junior at UMFK will be distributing business cards that she designed for smokers on campus who are not in the designated smoking areas. The business cards will remind smokers what the campus policy is and where the designated areas are.

In a separate presentation, Caroline Williams, assistant director of residential life and wellness at UMFK will include some interesting facts, in addition to famous people that died from tobacco-related illnesses, and useful information on tobacco cessation in the local area.

"The program will be videotaped so that it can be provided to professors of online courses, to use as an educational tool for their students," said Williams.

Caron and Nadeau have been working with Williams and Jenny Radsma, associate professor of nursing on the development of a new UMFK Tobacco Use Policy.

"The policy on campus is still in the implementation stage," stated Williams.

Williams has also completed the Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training through support from the UMFK professional development fund and the St. John Valley Partnership, a diverse organization that educates the people of the upper St. John Valley about physical activity, nutrition, and tobacco prevention.

Water bottles, toys and small CD cases will be given away and refreshments will be provided during this session.

The event is free to the public.

For more information, contact Williams at 834-8751.