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Wichita State To Become Tobacco Free In 2017

Eddie Welker
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Wichita State University says all of its campuses are going tobacco free next summer.


University president John Bardo passed the new policy in August. It goes into effect on July 1, 2017.

The new rule bans all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes, from WSU properties. The Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act already outlaws smoking within 10 feet of buildings.

A survey of Wichita State students and staff found that approximately 65 percent of respondents were in favor of a tobacco-free campus. The school says it will help people stop smoking, and prevent young adults from starting smoking.

The new tobacco policy is not the only change happening on campus next year: July 1 is the same day concealed weapons will be allowed on college campuses across Kansas.


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