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College Receives Grant from American Cancer Society

Mount Ida College is a 2017 recipient of a grant from the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative, an initiative of the American Cancer Society with support from the CVS Health Foundation.

The $15,000 grant will be used to help Mount Ida’s community explore the possibility of becoming a tobacco-free campus. While the College already has stringent rules about smoking in and near campus buildings, a tobacco-free policy would prohibit tobacco products of any kind on campus.

The grant will allow Beth Grampetro, Director of Wellness Services, and a faculty co-chair to work with faculty, staff, students, and vendors to explore what a tobacco-free policy might look like for Mount Ida.

That exploration will include a year-long taskforce representing these constituents, community discussions, and awareness and educational events. The grant also provides funds for additional cessation counseling and cessation materials that will be available to help students quit using tobacco products.

“It’s important to take time to do this correctly and come up with [a policy] that works for our community,” said Ms. Grampetro.

The grant also establishes a relationship between the American Cancer Society (ACS) and Mount Ida, with an ACS field specialist working directly with the grant team, and multiple opportunities for networking with and learning from past and current grant recipients on what they’ve learned and activities they are implementing on their campuses.

To learn more about the ACS grant and the Tobacco-Free Campus Taskforce, contact Beth Grampetro at bgrampetro@mountida.edu or 617-928-4050.