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Tulane to be 100 percent smoke-free on Aug. 1

9 months ago July 09, 2014 Jul 9, 2014 Wednesday, July 09 2014 Wednesday, July 09, 2014 3:30:02 AM EDT in Health
Source: Associated Press


NEW ORLEANS - Tulane University says its campus will be 100 percent smoke free beginning Aug. 1.

Scott Tims, director of Tulane University Student Health Services, says the goal of the policy, passed in May 2013, is to protect non-smokers from exposure to second-hand smoke while encouraging current smokers to quit.

Tulane will join 1,372 college and university campuses in the U.S. that have adopted smoke-free policies. In going "smoke-free," Tulane will eliminate not only the smoking of cigarettes and cigars, but also the use of chewing tobacco, dips and electronic products like e-cigarettes and vaporizers.

Tims says smokers will still be able to smoke in public spaces around the campus. However, starting in January, the university will issue $25 citations for those caught using tobacco products on campus.

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