University of Alabama Becomes a Smoke Free Campus on January 1st


The University of Alabama is taking the usual New Years resolution to another level with the new policy taking effect on January 1st, making the campus smoke free.

When students return from winter break to begin the spring semester, they will come back to a smoking ban that will not allow any cigarette or electronic smoking devices on the grounds or parking areas at all.

The university is making this change to promote a healthier student body and decrease the chance of fire. There is also the hope that a smoking ban will help to decrease the amount of litter found on campus as well.

Students who wish to cut the habit out of their lives all together will have resources made available to them as well. Aids to quick smoking and support will be offered through the Student Health Center, Office of Health Promotion and Wellness, and the College of Community Health Sciences and University Medical Center.

The notice posted on the University of Alabama website puts an emphasis on working together to make the new policy success and to ease into the new smoke free routine. The notice says, “Whether you are a smoker or a non-smoker, UA knows that the campus community will demonstrate thoughtfulness, consideration and cooperation as we work together to successfully implement this campus wide policy.”

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