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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU to Announce Tobacco Use Policy Change

November 15th, 2012

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430,

By Kate McIntyre

WHAT: A significant announcement regarding the University of Missouri policy on on-campus tobacco use will occur during the 2012 Great American Smoke Out, an annual event that encourages smokers to make plans to quit.

“MU officials are committed to making campus a healthy place to work, live and learn. Smoke-free policies reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, improve student and employee health, and reduce litter on campus,” said Kevin Everett, associate professor in the MU School of Medicine. For more information on MU’s policy, visit

WHO: Speakers include:
• Cathy Scroggs, vice chancellor for MU Student Affairs
• Jose Belardo, regional health administrator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
• Xavier Billingsley, Missouri Students Association president
• Kevin Everett, associate professor in the MU School of Medicine
• Laura Schopp, professor in the MU School of Health Professions and director of the Healthy for Life: T.E. Atkins University of Missouri Wellness Program
• A representative from the MU Student Health Center

WHEN: 10-10:35 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 15

WHERE: Traditions Lounge, second floor, Student Center, MU Campus