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USF students to protest Tampa campus's tobacco ban



University of South Florida students are planning to protest a new ban against smoking on campus Wednesday, according to a flier making the rounds on Facebook.

"Smoke Our Investments," headlines the flier, which accuses USF of investing in four large tobacco companies while prohibiting students from using tobacco products on USF grounds.

Students are invited to join the protest in front of the library tomorrow, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m., by smoking tobacco or hookah, or using an electronic cigattre. The goal is to "raise awareness of USF's investments." The flier says free cigarettes will be handed out.

The all-out ban began this semester at the Tampa campus, which previously confined smoking to designated areas. The Times reported last month that students continued to smoke in these areas anyway.

In January, the student body president and vice president vetoed a resolution that called on the USF Foundation to stop investing in tobacco companies, among other corporations deemed unethical.

The Times has reached out to USF about their investments and how it will react to the student protest, and will update this post with more information.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 5:59pm]


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