No Cigarettes at College: UC Bans Tobacco

Forget the butts on campus: cigarettes are out at UC.

By Chris Roberts
|  Sunday, Jan 15, 2012  |  Updated 11:39 AM PDT
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No Cigarettes at College: UC Bans Tobacco

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A smoker holds a cigarette on May 31, 2011 in San Francisco, California. No smoking at the University of California in San Francisco, or Berkeley, or any of the 10 UC campuses beginning in 2014, school officials announced.

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Forget the long nights during finals week, powered by coffee and cigarettes.

The University of California system is banning smoked and smokeless tobacco on its 10 campuses -- that's each and every one  across the state, according to reports.

The San Jose Mercury News was first on the scoop that UC President Mark Yudoff told campus chancellors this week that the ban will begin in 2014.

Smoking's not a huge problem at UC currently: only about eight percent of students and 10 percent of faculty and staff light up from time to time.

Nonetheless, the university will prohibit the use as well as sales and advertising for tobacco on all buildings owned or rented by the school.

It's not yet known if students lighting up in defiance of the rules will be fined or face sanctions, according to reports. Other than, you know, coughing.
 

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