The University of California announced a ban on all tobacco usage on its campuses. According to an article by Erin Allday in the San Francisco Chronicle:

The University of California is banning cigarettes and all other tobacco products from its campuses over the next two years, in a move designed to both protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke and prevent young people from developing the bad habit.

Students and staff alike will be prohibited from smoking anywhere on a UC campus – including outdoor spaces, parking lots and private residences. There won’t be any designated smoking areas.

According to the article, while about 20 percent of Americans are smokers, only about 12 percent of Californians smoke regularly.

California banned smoking in most enclosed workplaces in 1995. The state extended the prohibition to bars in 1998.

The university did not explain how the ban will be extended over a 2-year period or what the enforcement mechanisms for the prohibition will be. [Image via]

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