Director of tobacco-free campus shares five years of success

Seward talks to the Fitchburg Sentinel about medical school tobacco ban

By Sandra Gray

UMass Medical School Communications

November 19, 2013
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Tobacco treatment specialist Gregory Seward has found enforcing the tobacco-free policy that went into effect five years ago at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center to be easier than expected, according to Nov. 18 Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise story on campus smoking bans.

 

Seward led UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Tobacco Free Initiative.

"For the most part, it's much better than what people feared or anticipated," said Seward, director of the UMass Tobacco Consultation Service. “There's been a lot of good, but some people still struggle with it, just like any other policy."

Read more of Seward’s comments in the full story about what other campuses have been doing.Thursday, Nov. 21 is the annual Great American Smokeout.

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