UWM Smokeout event Nov. 15

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Norris Health Center and the UWM Peer Health Educators are holding a quit-smoking event on campus Thursday, Nov. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the UWM Union Concourse, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.

As part of the Great American Smokeout, representatives from the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health will be circulating a petition for a tobacco-free campus—meaning the use of all tobacco products will be eliminated by Jan. 1, 2014).  (UWM currently prohibits smoking in all buildings, university vehicles and parking structures, and within 25 feet of all buildings.) The petition is also available online at change.org. Browse “petitions,” and search University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Tobacco-Free.

Activities will include an obstacle course, free snacks and a photo booth, as well as information on how to quit smoking. In addition to the Norris Health Center, Zilber School of Public Health and Peer Educators (a student group), other organizations involved include Community Advocates, the Klotsche Center and the American Lung Association. The American Cancer Society sponsors the Great American Smokeout nationally.

For more information, contact Sarah Ceschin, peer health educator, sceschin@uwm.edu, or Karla Bartholomew, assistant professor of public health policy, bartholo@uwm.edu, 414-227-4320.