Upstate News

November 19, 2004
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

SUNY Upstate Medical University observes the Great American Smokeout

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – In observance of the Great American Smokeout, Nov. 18, SUNY Upstate Medical University, the region’s largest employer, will ask all employees, students and visitors to its campus, including University Hospital, to refrain voluntarily from smoking anywhere on its grounds. Smoking currently is only prohibited indoors. More than 7,000 individuals a day come in contact with the campus.

“It is fitting that SUNY Upstate Medical University, an academic medical center that is dedicated to improving health, observe this day across campus,” said SUNY Upstate President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D. “Our clinicians see firsthand the ravages of smoking and what it does to the human body and as educators we must be committed to informing our communities about the dangers of smoking.”

“But this day is also a day to reach out to smokers and to understand better how difficult this addiction is to break,” Eastwood said. “We must support smokers who are attempting to quit and offer them encouragement and access to our experts who can help them break the habit.”

Eastwood announced earlier this year that SUNY Upstate is working toward the goal of becoming a completely smoke free campus by August 2005.

SUNY Upstate’s Great American Smokeout observance also features various presentations on smoking-related issues and health screening tests.

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