Tobacco ban to take effect next year for school

Created: 06/02/2014 9:17 AM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A ban on tobacco use at New Mexico State University is expected to take effect in January.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the university is now developing the policy, but won't meet a July 1 deadline set by a state Senate resolution urging colleges to enact such rules.

Currently, smoking is banned indoors or within 25 feet of entrances, exits, walkways and ventilation systems at the university.

The most recent draft of a policy would prohibit the use of cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes on all properties owned or leased by the university.

Tobacco-cessation products would be allowed.

Repeated violations could lead to disciplinary action.

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