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Friday, June 15, 2012

U.S. SURGEON GENERAL, FDA OFFICIAL PRESENTED WITH CPTC HEALTH PROPOSAL

U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Regina Benjamin

Two CPTC representatives participated in a reception June 14 at Seattle University dealing with "Tobacco on College Campuses." Vice Admiral Regina Benjamin, MD, America's Surgeon General, and Dr. Lawrence Deyton, Director of the Center for Tobacco Products at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), received information at the event concerning a potential "Smoking Recovery Fund" at Clover Park Technical College.

If implemented, the Fund would provide financial incentives for faculty, staff, and students who quit smoking or help others quit. Seed money currently being held by the CPTC Foundation would be augmented in part by beneficiaries of the Fund, who would contribute some portion of the money they would otherwise have spent on cigarettes. A major study by General Electric Corporation suggested that combining health information with financial incentives was three times more likely than information alone to help its employees quit smoking.

Research indicates that the cost to an employer of each smoker on its payroll is between $3,400 and $5,000 annually. The overall financial burden of smoking exceeds $650 for every Washington household, including those which include no smokers, and smokers in the same positions as non-smokers in the workplace earn up to 50% less over the course of their working lives. CPTC's Smoking Recovery Fund would be intended to offer considerable short- and long-term financial and health benefits to the college's staff, faculty, and students.

Dr. Benjamin reviews CPTC proposal
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