Tobacco Free Alachua Awards the Arc of Alachua County For Their New Tobacco Free Campus Policy

 

Left-to-Right: FDOH-Alachua Health Policy Specialist Andrew Romero, FDOH-Alachua Health Policy Specialist Marilyn Headley, Tobacco Free Alachua Chair Elizabeth Wood, Arc of Alachua County Executive Director Steve Drago, Arc of Alachua County Human Resources Director Danielle AzarOn Tuesday, October 14, Tobacco Free Alachua commended The Arc of Alachua County with an award for their new tobacco free campus policy which went into effect October 1. Tobacco Free Alachua Chair Elizabeth Wood presented the plaque to Arc of Alachua County Executive Director Steve Drago at a ceremony at the Arc’s main location in Gainesville. Not only does the Arc’s outstanding new policy create a healthy, supportive environment at their main campus, it also covers their 14 group homes throughout the community. The Arc’s new policy aligns perfectly with their efforts to make Alachua County a better, healthier place for persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Tobacco Free Alachua and The Arc of Alachua County have worked closely over the past year designing the new policy, working with Arc staff and providing resources to help them quit tobacco. Director Drago spoke of the Arc’s experience working with Tobacco Free Alachua to prepare for the new policy, “We encourage other organizations and institutions to contact Tobacco Free Alachua and begin the journey to a healthier, happier workplace…They certainly have helped The Arc become a healthier place for residents, staff and visitors.”

"This plaque is awarded in recognition of your leadership in improving the health of our community. We commend your efforts to protect and promote the health and well-being of your staff, clients and visitors by adopting a tobacco free policy for your campus beginning October 1, 2014."Elizabeth Wood, Chair of the Tobacco Free Alachua community partnership echoed Mr. Drago’s sentiments stating: “Community leaders like The Arc of Alachua County are setting a fantastic example for businesses and non-profits all over the county. Their new tobacco free grounds policy creates a healthier, more supportive environment for all their staff, visitors and clients. Ms. Wood went on to note that “Seventy percent (70%) of smokers want to quit and a supportive workplace policy like this one more than doubles the chance that they will achieve their goals.”

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The Arc of Alachua County is a non-profit helping 275 persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Serving persons   with disabilities for nearly 50 years, The Arc is committed to making Gainesville & Alachua County happier, healthier places for persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Please go to our website for more information at www.arcalachua.org.

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Tobacco Free Alachua is committed to developing and promoting policies that reduce the use and effects of tobacco on Alachua County residents. They accomplish this by helping local businesses – like The Arc of Alachua County – implement supportive, tobacco free workplace policies which help smokers and non-smokers alike live healthier lives. Tobacco Free Alachua offers free business consultations to any organization wanting to improve both the company’s bottom line and well-being.

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