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UT Knoxville bans smoking on campus

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - The University of Tennessee-Knoxville has announced its 600 acre campus will be smoke-free starting August 1, 2018. The state's flagship public university will follow the trend of many college campuses around the nation to eliminate smoking on all university property. 

UT had already prohibits all forms of smoking including electronic cigarettes within 25 feet of doorways, windows and ventilation systems of any campus buildings. Starting August 1, it will be prohibited on all university property.

The ban includes smoking in private vehicles when parked or operated on university property and will apply to all University students, employees, contractors and visitors. 

A smoking task force began exploring the possibility of a smoke-free campus following the implementation of the ban on smoking within 25 feet of doors, windows and ventilation systems. 

According to Americans for Non-smokers Rights, there are now at least 2,106 100 percent smoke-free campus sites as of as of April 3, 2017. Of these, 1,771 are also 100 percent tobacco-free and 1,686 also prohibit e-cigarette use.

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