University of Alaska Fairbanks to go smoke-free

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will no longer be able to smoke, vape or chew tobacco on campus starting Thursday.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports ( ) that the change comes after the University of Alaska's board of regents approved a policy last year banning the use of tobacco and tobacco-related products across all campuses. UAF was the only campus that failed to meet the Dec. 1 deadline.

UAF associate vice chancellor of university and student advancement Kris Racina says campus officials wanted to start implementing the policy at the start of a new semester.

The rule prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes, traditional cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs and chewing tobacco on campus.

The UA system is one of at least 1,620 other campuses in the U.S. that are 100 percent smoke-free.


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