Howard University's campus in northwest D.C. (Courtesy photo)

Howard University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore are among 42 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) poised to receive grants as part of a growing movement to accelerate and expand the number of campuses that are 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free.

The CVS Health Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the Truth Initiative have partnered to provide the grants to more than 200 U.S. colleges and universities that are attended by 20 million students.

According to CVS Health, more than 1 million higher education students have been projected to die prematurely from cigarette smoke and 99 percent of smokers start smoking by the age of 26.

Other HBCU grant recipients include:

Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida
Morehouse College in Atlanta
The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta
Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi
North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina
North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina
Lincoln University in Oxford, Pennsylvania
Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina
South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina
Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee
Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee
Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee
Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas
Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia
Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia
Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia

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