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Tuesday, January 01, 2019 02:41 PM

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UT Smoking Ban To Take Place Beginning August 1

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The University of Tennessee announced Thursday it would no longer allow smoking on campus.

On Aug. 1, 2018, the policy will go into effect and UT will join more than 2,100 college and university campuses across the U.S. that are smoke-free schools. This means smoking defined as inhaling, exhaling, burning or carry any lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or other tobacco product will be banned on all UT property. This ban includes within private vehicles, as well as littering by dropping butts on the ground.

If someone sees a violation of this new policy, students can report it to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards while employees can report it to their supervisors.

The school will offer smoking cessation options as well as help lines and apps to ease the transition. UT said this change is to protect the health and safety of all university students, employees and visitors on campus.

The student government association sent out a questionnaire in January about how to implement the change.

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