Pfeiffer going tobacco-free

Pfeiffer University's three campuses will go 100percent tobacco-free starting Jan. 1 under a policy adopted recently by its board of trustees.

"This policy will help prevent exposure to the well-documented dangers of secondhand smoke," said Dr. Laura Gerald, executive director of the N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund, which works with colleges statewide to adopt such policies.

Pfeiffer joins more than 30 N.C. higher-education institutions to go tobacco-free.

The policy applies to everyone on Pfeiffer's campuses in Charlotte, Misenheimer and Mooresville. It also prohibits the sale, distribution or advertisement of tobacco products on all three campuses.

The university will promote cessation resources such as phone-based coaching provided by QuitlineNC. The service is available free to all N.C. residents; call 800-784-8669 (QUIT-NOW).