ATLANTA —All 33 campuses under the University System of Georgia will be smoke free starting October 1, 2014. The smoking ban includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes and even e-cigarettes.
The Board of Regents adopted the new “tobacco and smoke-free campus policy” in March, with the goal of making its campuses healthier. According to USG.edu, the policy includes e-cigarettes because college students have the highest rate of using electronic smoking devices and preliminary studies about their health effects show similar risks to those of tobacco products.
The USG is also offering free smoking cessation information for students, faculty and staff who want to quit.