Louisiana schools go smoke-free Friday
ALEXANDRIA - Starting Friday, public colleges and universities in Louisiana will be required to make their campuses smoke-free.
Several schools have taken a step beyond that, making their campuses tobacco-free as well, including all of Central Louisiana's colleges and universities.
Central Louisiana Technical Community College, Louisiana State University of Alexandria and Northwestern State University are all enacting tobacco-free policies. Though not required to under state law, Louisiana College also has a tobacco-free policy.
Jennifer Gilchrist, regional manager for Louisiana Tobacco-Free Living, says tobacco-free policies, which include things such as oral tobacco products, prevent "sending mixed messages about tobacco."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25.7 percent of people 18 and older in Louisiana smoked cigarettes in 2011.