Light up while you can, stressed-out college friends, Arizona State University announced late last week that all campuses and affiliate properties will ban smoking and aim to become 100 percent tobacco-free effective August 1, 2013.
The ban will include "all manner of smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco products," according to the incoming official policy, and will apply to all of the university's properties -- including facilities, grounds (indoor and outdoor), parking structures, university-owned vehicles, and structures owned or leased by the university
According to ASU, the ban was initiated and pushed forward by students and supported by the faulty Academic Senate and University Staff Council. More than 800 universities and colleges in the U.S. currently have similar policies.
The university plans on taking a "community enforcement" approach and will rely on university members to help "educate" those around them on the new policy. Workshops and information guides will be provided for students and staff who wish to quit tobacco and a video explaining the ban will likely be pumped through the university system through the end of the year.
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No word on potential consequences or tickets for smokers or how the university plans on forcing smokers to put out cigarettes on campus (seriously, good luck around the art buildings).