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B-CU Participates in Great American Smoke Out Day


Thursday, November 16th, was the Great American Smokeout Day. Tobacco Free Volusia County Partners celebrated a tobacco and smoke-free Jackie Robinson ball park, where chairperson, Dr. Diana Lee, invited the community to join the celebration at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach. During the national day of recognition, The Daytona Tortugas announced their plans for a tobacco free ballpark. The new Tobacco- Free Policy will prohibit tobacco use in the ballpark, including electronic devices, and applies to all Tortugas staff, players, and fans.

“This news was first announced at the October 23rd partnership meeting and everyone agreed that we need to support this important example in the Volusia County community,” said Dr. Lee. To commemorate the event, the Tortugas held a press conference and Mayor’s luncheon. Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry kicked it off and had several partners come out to support, enjoy lunch, and took part in the event with Tortugas mascot, Shelldon. 

Bethune-Cookman University has been in the forefront of battling tobacco use by hosting tobacco prevention and cessation programs since September 2012. B-CU became the first smoke-free university campus in Volusia County and, in 2015, the first campus that had a comprehensive tobacco/smoke free policy that includes tobacco delivery devices.

Picture:  Dr. Diana Lee, Director of the Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity, Sheldon (Tortugas mascot) and Ryan Keur, President of the Daytona Tortugas.

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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