News by Topic

Click on a topic below to see the latest headline

Customize "My Headlines" by Topic

Choose the topics of most interest to you to follow under "My Headlines".

Subscribe

Sign up for newsletters, news feeds, social media and other news sources.

Resources for News Media

Are you a reporter working on a story? Here's where you find help from Duke.

Duke Highlighted for Tobacco Cessation

Duke Highlighted for Tobacco Cessation

American Cancer Society recognizes Duke for helping employees quit

print |

Durham, NC - Duke has received the American Cancer Society's highest corporate recognition for its efforts to curb employee tobacco use.

Duke Medicine will soon receive the National Impact Award, an annual recognition for companies that have implemented a smoke-free policy. Duke Medicine adopted a tobacco-free initiative in 2007 and was also recognized last year with the Cancer Society's Excellence in Workplace Tobacco Control award.

"We're constantly striving to help create a healthier workplace for our faculty and staff and helping employees find ways to quit tobacco is certainly part of that," said Dr. Carol Epling, director of Duke Employee Occupational Health and Wellness. "As an employer, it's important for Duke to have a commitment to the health and wellbeing of faculty and staff."

To be accepted for the American Cancer Society award, employers must meet a series of criteria, including banning tobacco use on company grounds and offering cessation programs, a "quit line" telephone service and incentives for quitting tobacco such as cessation medication. 

In its nomination packet, Duke highlighted the success of its cessation programs, which are run through LIVE FOR LIFE, Duke's employee wellness program. Since 2007, 22 percent of participants quit tobacco after one year, which is comparable to national averages. Duke also promotes annual tobacco cessation events like the Great American Smokeout and has as many as 500 faculty, staff and their dependents participate in cessation programs throughout the year.

To be considered for the award next year, a renewal application will be submitted to again receive the "Excellence in Workplace Tobacco Control" designation. CEO Roundtable on Cancer and the American Heart Association have previously been recognized Duke for its overall employee wellness program, which included tobacco cessation.

Learn more about Duke Medicine's tobacco-free initiative online. A full list of Duke's tobacco cessation resources is also available.

We encourage Duke faculty, staff and students to share ideas, collaborate and discuss issues on Duke Today. To post a comment, you must log-in with your Duke NetID and password. Any comments or materials that are inappropriate, disrespectful or violate Duke policies will be deleted. These may include statements or materials that:

  • promote commercial enterprises;
  • sell, or solicit offers to sell, goods or services for personal gain;
  • promote a political candidate or political party; or
  • violate policies regarding personal, proprietary or protected health information.

For more information, visit our guidelines for posting content.

Comments

You are not logged in. Please log in to leave a comment. Comments are restricted to faculty, staff, and students.

© 2014 Office of Communication Services
705 Broad Street, Box 90496, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 681-4533; FAX: (919) 681-7926

Submit A Story Idea

We value your suggestions and feedback. Got an idea for a story, video or photo you would like to see in Duke Today?

Submit a Story Idea