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West Virginia Northern Community College, the first two-year institution in the state to become a tobacco-free campus, has been given the 2013 Tobacco Free Champion Award by the Wellness Council of West Virginia.
Recipients of the award were announced at the 27th Annual Conference on Worksite Wellness held Sept. 25-27 at Canaan Valley Resort and also included Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College, Pratt & Whitney Engine Services, Inc., Pleasant Valley Hospital and TROY Group, Inc.
According to the council, the Tobacco Free Champion Award recognizes companies in West Virginia which have made great strides in creating, implementing or enforcing tobacco-free policies in the past year.
The WVNCC Board of Governors on April 26 of last year approved designating Northern as tobacco free, with the rule going into effect on Nov. 15, the date of the Great American Smoke Out in 2012. College officials explained all use of tobacco is prohibited on all college owned, leased or operated property, buildings and vehicles.