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University of Tampa going tobacco free starting Aug. 1

Published Jan. 27, 2016

TAMPA — The University of Tampa is joining a growing list of Florida colleges banning all smoking and tobacco products on campus.

The policy, which will go into effect Aug. 1, bans smoking and the use of tobacco of all types including electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco, hookah, cigars and cigarettes, according to a news release.

The ban covers students, faculty and staff — as well as everyone who visits the campus including UT contractors and visitors.

Starting immediately, the university said, staff and students will be recruited and trained to help enforce the new policy.

UT will continue its current policy until Aug. 1: Four designated smoking and tobacco zones on campus where students, staff and visitors can smoke cigarettes, chew tobacco or puff on cigars.

On Aug. 1, the zones go away.

UT's announcement follows the University of South Florida's decision to make the its Tampa campus tobacco free.

Announced in November, USF's policy took effect at the beginning of January, relying on a peer-enforced system to ensure compliance.

UT's news release said that over the next seven months, an educational campaign will explain the new policy and help students and employees who wish to break their tobacco habits.

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