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CSU Co-Sponsors 3rd National Tobacco Symposium on Young Adults April 21-22

(April 20, 2004) -- The California State University is co-sponsoring the third National Tobacco Symposium on Young Adults, April 21 and 22, at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach.

The symposium will bring together the campus community and tobacco control and education organizations to build a plan for tobacco control and prevention for young adults.

“This symposium is developing strategies to educate students on the health consequences of smoking and the hazards of secondhand smoke,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “We congratulate our students and others involved in this effort.”

In 2002, the CSU Board of Trustees authorized campus presidents to set stricter smoking regulations than those provided by state law on university grounds and properties of the CSU. Since then, campuses prohibited outdoor smoking within 15 to 25 feet of building entrances. The purpose of the decision was to mitigate exposure to secondhand smoke and reduce health hazards on CSU campuses. Previous to this decision, smoking was prohibited by state law inside campus buildings and within 5 feet of building entrances and exits.

The Bacchus and Gamma Peer Education Network, a national nonprofit organization working for the education, training and support of health and safety in higher education is organizing the symposium. Besides the CSU, other symposium sponsors include the American Cancer Society, California Division, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and Jessen Press International.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 409,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Every year, the system graduates about 77,000 students with baccalaureate degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu


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Last Updated: April 20, 2004

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