Wichita State University to go tobacco-free in 2017

Wichita State University (KSNW File photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University is set to implement a ban on tobacco use on campus in 2017.

The Wichita Eagle reports that students, faculty, staff members and visitors won’t be allowed to use tobacco on the university campus starting July 1. The new policy includes cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes. People will be allowed to smoke in designated outdoor areas during sporting events, with prior approval from the university.

Student-run organization Tobacco Free Wu & Me has led efforts to ban tobacco on campus. The group’s current vice president Emma Crabtree says the July start date will allow the organization time to publicize the new policy.

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