Truth Initiative promotes smoke and tobacco free policy at PCC

PITT COUNTY, NC (WITN) A national organization traveled to Pitt Community College Wednesday to help promote a smoke and tobacco free policy.

Truth Initiative community and youth engagement director Alex Parks says they're offering free shirts, snacks, games and music for students at PCC because they are one of five tobacco-free campus mural contest winners.

Their goal is to bring awareness to the dangers of smoking, and second-hand smoke, in an effort to establish a non-smoking norm on campus.

Currently, there are designated areas around campus for people to smoke, but Parks hopes the students will bring a completely tobacco and smoke-free policy to the president of the college, and board members, in the near future.

Parks says, "There's the effect that it effects on the actual smoker but we also know the impact that it has on second hand smoke, also on the environment with cigarette butts being the number one litter. We also know that, especially with young adults, the impact that it has on their health."

The Truth Initiative and CVS Health Foundation have partnered with students and administrators at PCC, as well as 49 other community colleges and 32 historically black colleges and universities across the country to support their efforts to adopt 100% smoke-or tobacco-free policies.