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B-CU Supports a Tobacco Free Community in Partnership with Tobacco Free Volusia County


Bethune-Cookman University is at the forefront of helping the local community to become healthier, and serve families by preventing the exposure to tobacco. This year, ‘Great American Smoke-Out Day,’ will take place on Thursday, November 16th, at the Jackie Robinson Ballpark (Corner of S. Beach Street & E. Orange Avenue in Daytona Beach), and will become tobacco-free thanks to the Tobacco- Free Volusia County partnership. Dr. Diana Lee, partnership chairperson and Director of the Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity, has invited the B-CU campus and surrounding community to join the celebration. During the event, The Daytona Tortugas minor league baseball team will announce their plans for a tobacco-free ballpark and implement the new Tobacco-Free Policy. This will prohibit tobacco use in the ballpark, including electronic devices, and will apply to all Tortugas staff, players, and fans.

To commemorate the event, the Tortugas will hold a press conference and Mayor’s luncheon with Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry.

For more information, please contact Dr. Diana Lee, Director of the Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity, 386-481-2838 or

This event is sponsored by Tobacco Free Florida and the State of Florida.

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Ursula James
Assistant Director of Communication
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About Bethune Cookman University:

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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