NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Colleges and universities in Rhode Island are being urged to make their campuses smoke-free.
The Rhode Island Tobacco Control Program is co-hosting a symposium on the issue Monday. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department and Brown University's medical school are partners with the event's organizers.
Officials say the number of U.S. college campuses that have adopted tobacco-free or smoke-free policies has grown in recent years to nearly 1,200. No Rhode Island colleges or universities have such policies.
The keynote will be delivered by Clifford Douglas, director of the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative and a tobacco control policy adviser to the Health and Human Services Department.
Others expected to attend are Dr. Michael Fine, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, and Dr. Jack Elias, dean of the Brown medical school.