Southeastern receives Tobacco-Free Living grant
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University is one of 16 Louisiana colleges and universities awarded a $25,000 grant for the 2007-08 academic year from the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living.
According to Barbara Hebert, director of the University Counseling Center, the purpose of the grant is “to promote tobacco-free living to change the awareness, attitudes, and behavior regarding tobacco use by university students.”
“The Louisiana Tobacco-Free College Initiative grant will provide for the training of selected Southeastern employees as ‘Smoke Free Facilitators,’ allowing the university to offer smoking cessation programs,” she said.
“One area of the Southeastern coalition for tobacco-free living is to promote cessation,” Hebert said. “For instance, the Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW provides free, confidential advice and support to Louisiana residents age 13 and older who are ready to quit smoking.”
The Tobacco Quitline, Hebert added, also provides certified counseling, available in both English and Spanish, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help callers kick the habit and improve the quality of their lives.