Many US Colleges Seek to Ban Outdoor Campus Smoking

Published on July 5, 2012

Updated on February 13, 2018

Policymakers are seeking to ban all tobacco use on public university campuses across the country—prohibiting tobacco products both indoors and in outdoor areas of campuses. The ban on tobacco use at colleges and universities stems from concern for student health and reduced maintenance costs of smoke-free dorms.

Several university systems already have tobacco bans in place, while other systems seek to do the same. The California state system plans to bar tobacco use beginning in 2013 and the University of Missouri hopes to be smoke-free by 2014.

The move toward campus-wide bans has received generally positive reception, however, some faculty and students are concerned with the legal implications of such a move.

Read the full Associated Press article.

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