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Tuskegee University becomes tobacco-free campus

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Tuskegee University is joining the more than 1,300 colleges and universities around the country who have already declared their campus 'smoke free'.

The private university in Macon County enacted a Tobacco Free Policy in September and says it applies to its entire university community including contractors, vendors, recruits and visitors. All forms of smoking, tobacco products, e-cigarettes, water pipes and vapor devices are covered under the policy and the ban extends to all university-controlled areas.

Anyone caught violating the tobacco-free policy could face a $25 fine. Students and employees who break the policy could face additional punishment available under the student code of conduct or human resources policy and procedures manuals. Visitors who don't follow the policy may be asked to leave campus.

"We expected more resistance than this. So far, we haven't gotten any," Patrick Mardis, chief of the Tuskegee University Police Department said.

Signs warning of the tobacco-free policy are being placed around campus, including on entrance gates, buildings and in places that were previously gathering places for smokers.

Dr. Rueben Warren, director of the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care, says scientific information about the health dangers of smoking has been known for decades and that the ban is a part of being ethically responsible at Tuskegee.

"It sends a message to all who are here and to all who are coming here that we care about your well being," Warren said.

Here's a list of 100 percent tobacco-free colleges and universities across the United States.

[DOCUMENT: Tobacco-free U.S. colleges/universities (.pdf)] Source: No-Smoke.org

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