UL Lafayette tobacco ban takes effect Aug. 1

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will ban tobacco products from its campuses beginning Aug. 1.

The state Legislature passed a law last year that requires public universities to develop “smoke-free” policies. That legislation, which serves as an addendum to the Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act that prohibits smoking in some public places and workplaces, states that colleges also can go the extra step of excluding all tobacco.

“Besides removing secondhand smoke from our campuses, we want to support those who are trying to quit tobacco altogether,” Joey Pons, UL Lafayette’s associate director of Public Safety, said in a news release.

LSU is planning a similar tobacco ban ahead of the fall semester, and Southern University has banned tobacco use on its campuses since 2012.

Tobacco use will still be permitted at UL Lafayette tailgating spaces during sporting events, and electronic cigarettes, which don’t contain tobacco, will still be allowed in most outdoor areas on campus. Smoking also will be allowed in personal vehicles outside of campus parking garages.

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