Tobacco-Free Policy for GA-PCOM to Take Effect February 1January 21, 2015
Beginning February 1, Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
(GA-PCOM) will become tobacco-free. The move underscores the College’s commitment
to providing an environment that promotes and supports a healthy lifestyle.
The new policy bans both smoking and smokeless tobacco products completely on all
PCOM properties. These include cigarettes, cigars, pipes and products such as chewing
tobacco, dip, snuff and electronic smoking devices. February 1 was chosen as the launch
date for the policy as it coincides with the start of National Heart Month. Smoking
significantly increases the risk of coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis and peripheral
arterial disease. The Georgia campus will implement smoke-free signage to enforce
Part of the revised policy’s official purpose states that, “as an academic institution
dedicated to the training of healthcare providers as well as a provider of healthcare
services to the community, PCOM has a vital interest in maintaining a healthy, safe
and hazard-free environment for our faculty, staff, students, patients, and visitors
and is committed to offering positive and helpful intervention strategies and treatment
resources in addressing this issue.” In the wake of this decision, the College has
encouraged the GA-PCOM community to participate in smoking cessation and wellness
In October 2014, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) adopted
a new tobacco policy which prohibits the use of tobacco products on all USG properties
and thus all public university campuses in the state of Georgia, according to the
USG’s official website.
By employing a tobacco free campus, GA- PCOM joins USG in addressing the harmful effects
of tobacco use and promoting healthier communities.
About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcomgeorgiahealth.org.
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