Allison Tremblay, '15 Keeps Simmons Smoke Free

September 08, 2014

Allison Tremblay

Allison is part of the Tobacco Free Committee at Simmons.

What are you studying?

Nursing!

What did you do this summer?

I spent the summer working at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston as a Patient Care Assistant in the Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit. I learned a lot and loved it! I spent my days off exercising and relaxing by the pool.

How did you get involved with the Tobacco Free Committee?

I became involved with the Tobacco Free Simmons Committee in Fall 2013 when Dean Judy Beal came into my nursing class asking for SNHS students to become student leaders and help her make Simmons become tobacco free. I emailed her after class that day and have been working closely with her ever since. I attended a statewide "Become Tobacco Free!" symposium at UMass Medical Center with Dean Beal in October, where we learned the steps to become a tobacco free campus. With the information gathered from this conference and the help of many members of the Simmons community, we were able to make Tobacco Free Simmons a reality.

How will going tobacco free impact the Simmons community?

Having a tobacco free campus will have a positive impact on the Simmons community by creating an optimal learning environment free of secondhand smoke exposure. This innovation will also provide resources for members of the Simmons community who wish to quit smoking, as well as encourage incoming students to live a tobacco free lifestyle. Approximately 25% of college students smoke and 1 million of them will die prematurely from it. With Simmons becoming tobacco free, we will save our students and faculty from premature death and chronic illness, while also protecting our environment from toxic waste.

Why is this important for Simmons and the world?

The tobacco free initiative is so important because not only is tobacco the No. 1 cause of premature death and preventable illness, cigarette butts are the single most commonly collected waste item with 5.6 trillion cigarette butts collected per year! Tobacco has detrimental and devastating effects on everyone, smokers and nonsmokers alike. If colleges throughout the world become tobacco free, the amount of cigarette smoking will decrease significantly, saving the lives of many.

What are you most excited for this year at Simmons?

First of all I am very excited to come back to a tobacco free campus! I am also very eager to see what my senior year at Simmons has in store for me.