News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Monique Perry
(803) 981-7161

September 30, 2013

York Technical College Wins Public Health Excellence Award

awardROCK HILLYork Technical College was awarded  the Public Health Excellence Award at the Second Hand Smoke Summit on Thursday, September 19, at a special awards ceremony hosted by the York County Tobacco Free Coalition and the Healthy South Carolina Initiative.

The Public Health Excellence Award recognizes York Technical College’s tobacco free efforts that launched in September 2010. In 2010, York Technical College started the tobacco free movement by prohibiting the use of any tobacco, except in one’s personal vehicle. This movement was a response to a survey in which 77% of York Technical College students, faculty and staff indicated their desire for the College to increase the efforts of reducing tobacco consumption.

Smoke free and tobacco free efforts across the state were addressed at the event by key members of the community including, Mayor Doug Echols, Dr. David Keely (Healthy South Carolina Initiative), Terry Taylor (South Carolina Tobacco Collaborative), Gary Black and Greg Holmes (Town of Clover).

The College was represented at the summit by Robby Brown, Director of Facilities Management, who said, “This was a great opportunity to share the good things we are doing at York Technical College with our campus environment and health initiatives.”

“We have an obligation to ensure that our campus is the most conducive to learning it can be. The tobacco guidelines are a contributor to that end,” York Technical College President Dr. Greg Rutherford added.

The College feels that it is responsible for providing a safe and healthy college community and will continue to provide programming to help employees stop using tobacco products through the American Cancer Society ( .


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