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University of Iowa News Release

April 21, 2006

Deans Call For Smoke-Free Health Campus

The deans of the five health colleges at the University of Iowa are calling for a ban on smoking on the health campus by the end of the calendar year. The call comes just months before the July 1 implementation of a no-smoking policy on the grounds of UI Hospitals and Clinics.

The deans -- David Johnsen of Dentistry, Jean Robillard of Medicine, Melanie Dreher of Nursing, Jordan Cohen of Pharmacy and James Merchant of Public Health -- were joined in the call by UI Hospitals and Clinics Director and CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky and University Hygienic Laboratory Director Mary Gilchrist.

"As leaders in Iowa's health education community, we must speak out on this important issue," said Merchant, whose college has been a statewide leader in anti-smoking efforts. "It sends a very mixed message when we allow people to smoke on our health campus."

"While the deans would like this smoking prohibition to take effect concurrent with the UI Hospitals and Clinics policy change on July 1, they recognize that it will take time to communicate these changes to the campus community," said Michael J. Hogan, UI Executive Vice President and Provost. "I think a target date of Jan. 1, 2007 is realistic, and I will recommend to the president that we adopt this policy."

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5143 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Maravetz, UI Health Science Relations, 319-335-8033,