University of Alaska Regents Approve Tobacco Ban

The University of Alaska Board of Regents has approved a policy banning smoking and other tobacco use on its campuses statewide.

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The language passed by regents during a meeting in Anchorage Thursday says, “The University is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its students, employees, and visitors, by prohibiting tobacco use and smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes and similar products, within its campuses and facilities.”

No funding is attached to the policy which will be up to campus communities to implement.

Tobacco use will be allowed inside private vehicles.

The ban takes effect December first 2015.