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University of Arkansas to Ban Tobacco from Its Campus

e Control. Students in the substance-abuse prevention class taught by Dr. Ed Mink have made several suggestions; campus administrators and other student groups have been consulted, and support information has been provided by the UAMS College of Public Health and the Northwest Arkansas Tobacco-Free Coalition.

The draft policy is still being revised, but its basic outline is clear:
The use of all tobacco products, including smokeless products, will be prohibited on all university property, indoors and outdoors.
The ban will apply to visitors as well as students, faculty and staff.
The ban will include all University vehicles, including buses.
Tobacco will be banned at all indoor and outdoor athletic activities.
The tobacco-free policy will apply to anyone organizing or attending an event using University facilities.

The new policy also will ban campus-controlled advertising, sale or free distribution of tobacco products on campus. Campus organizations will not be permitted to accept money or gifts from tobacco companies. Littering the campus with the remains of tobacco products also is prohibited.

We have a comprehensive policy, and we have strong support across the campus community, said Serafini. The key to successfully implementing this policy will be education. Fortunately, education is what we do best. For the next 14 months we will be educating our students, faculty and staff, as well as the public, about what a tobacco-free campus means.

That education will begin almost immediately as information about the new policy is added to the New Student Orientation programs this summer. Officials from the Pat Walker Health Center will meet with the student, faculty and staff governing bodies early in the fall semester to explain the policy. Flyers about the tobacco-free policy also will be circulated around campus, particularly in the residence halls.

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