LSU flagship campus could go tobacco-free as early as August

LSU flagship campus could go tobacco-free as early as August




A policy committee at LSU is finalizing its proposal to make the flagship campus in Baton Rouge tobacco-free as of Aug. 1, a university spokesman says, and the policy could be approved soon. Although there has been some question as to whether or not the policy will be tobacco-free or smoke-free—which would still allow for smokeless forms of tobacco to be used on campus—LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard says it is his understanding that the policy committee is looking at a tobacco-free policy. As a campus policy change, it will fall under the authority of LSU President F. King Alexander to sign off on the proposal. Alexander made mention of the policy at Friday's LSU Board of Supervisors meeting, but no action was taken. Ballard says it's his understanding that Alexander is in support of the policy. Though the policy being finalized now will only apply to the Baton Rouge campus, Ballard says other LSU System campuses are also creating and implementing their own tobacco- and smoke-free policies. —Staff report



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