FAMU Professor Calls for Campus-Wide Smoking Ban

By: Byron Dobson – Tallahassee Democrat

Mary Simmons takes smoking personally.

As director of the Florida A&M University’s School of Allied Health’s Division of Cardiopulmonary Science, Simmons knows what smoking and tobacco use does to the heart and lungs of people, especially African-Americans. And Simmons believes FAMU should be at the forefront of discouraging smoking.

“This is something that I have been talking about with others on campus,” said Simmons, who has been at FAMU for 13 years. She oversees the four-year program that trains respiratory therapists. “Big Tobacco has always marketed to African-Americans. I have taken care of many patients affected by tobacco.

Read the full story – Clearing the Air: FAMU Administrator Urges Campus to Go Tobacco-Free


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