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Jul 30, 2013 10:34 AM EDT

Kentucky State Becomes Tobacco Free Campus


Kentucky State University Board of Regents has approved an anti-tobacco policy, effective Thursday that prohibits tobacco use in all buildings, events and around parking lots within the campus.

The university will cease providing outdoor ashtrays and smoking shelters. But the material required to quit the habit will be available through the school's human resources office. University police and security will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the policy.

Similar to Kentucky, Texas Woman's University, the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Morehead State University have also banned tobacco use on campus.

TMU Board of Regents has directed the officials to develop anti-tobacco policies at its Denton and Dallas campuses, banning all tobacco products starting this fall.

The Faculty Senate, Student Government Association and Staff Council proposed to the regents to make TWU a smoke-free campus after a survey revealed that more than 400 employees favored quitting smoking in the campuses.

"The emphasis is, from all of the respondents who want us to move in this direction, that we are a predominantly health science-directed institution, and therefore we should lead the way in healthy environments," said Brenda Floyd, vice president for finance and administration.

Two years ago, the campuses in Denton and Dallas implemented a partial smoking ban by designating specific smoking areas, only to be disregarded by the majority.

Apart from Texas, Cleveland State University , Illinois' state funded schools, University of California campuses, University of North Texas and Husson University have prohibited the use of tobacco on campus.

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