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St. Norbert College Becoming 100 Percent Tobacco-Free

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From St. Norbert College, December 17, 2018
by Mke Counter,, 920-403-3089

Beginning Jan. 2, 2019, St. Norbert College will join 26 other colleges and universities in Wisconsin in becoming 100 percent tabacco-free.

Within the college’s newly developed Community Health Improvement Plan, St. Norbert has committed to implement strategies to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Among those strategies is becoming 100 percent tabacco-free.

St. Norbert College’s Wellness by Design program focuses on the eight dimensions of wellness:

Emotional – Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
Environmental – Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
Financial – Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
Intellectual – Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
Occupational – Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work
Physical – Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods and sleep
Social – Developing a sense of connection and belonging and a well-developed support system
Spiritual – Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life

Becoming 100 percent tobacco-free addresses the environmental, physical, social and emotional dimension of wellness.

A recent American Health Association survey found that fewer than 7 percent of St. Norbert College students used tobacco products in the past 30 days. At the same time, use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (E-cigarettes) are on the rise.

St. Norbert has received two American Lung Association in Wisconsin SPARK grants totalling $3,000 to help educate students and promote a tobacco-free campus.

Additionally, St. Norbert College is a finalist for the American Cancer Society Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative. Recipients of the $8,000 award will be officially announced sometime in January 2019. Funds are to be used for education and signage on campus to increase awareness about the tobacco-free campus.

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