SCSU awarded $235,000 state grant to help students stop smoking

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Southern Connecticut State University is working hard to help students stop smoking, and a big grant from the state will help.

Last year, SCSU became a tobacco-free campus, which bans all forms of tobacco, including e-cigarettes.

The university just received a $235,000 grant from the state to help students quit smoking. This will include counseling and medication.

It will also train other state universities that may be interested in becoming tobacco-free.

“We also found that before we came a tobacco-free campus, Southern was slightly above the national average in terms of the percentage of our students who were regular smokers,” said Emily Rosenthal, coordinator of the SCSU Wellness Center. “But now we are slightly below average. We still have work to do, but we are headed in the right direction, and I have to believe becoming a tobacco-free campus is helping encourage tobacco users to quit.”

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