Smoking banned at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
Come January, smoking will be stubbed out at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.
All smoking products including electronic cigarettes will be banned indoor and outdoor on campus starting Jan. 6, the first day of the spring semester. The move was supported by the USFSM student body, officials said. If someone is seen smoking, they'll be asked to stop. If a student or staff member refuses, they'll be subject to code of conduct and university discipline procedures.
USF's Student Health Services will offer free counseling for students or employees who want to stop smoking. And USF's Employee Assistance Program is also available for free to all employees and their families, offering tools to quit.
Smoking is also banned completely at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. At USF's Tampa campus, smoking is limited to designated locations and not allowed inside any buildings or in parking lots, sidewalks or recreational areas.
This year, the University of Tampa also tightened smoking regulations, limiting smoking to four designated areas on the edge of campus. The change came after years of surveys and focus groups that found that most of the university population supported the change. The University of Florida's campus went tobacco-free in 2010. As of Jan. 1, Florida State University is also going totally tobacco free.