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Smoking and tobacco ban in effect at state universities

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All tobacco products, as of October, will be banned from Georgia state college and university campuses.

The Georgia Board of Regents passed the ban Wednesday afternoon.

Only ten universities, including Armstrong Atlantic State University, have smoking bans already in place.

However,  students said it's not always enforced.

Enforcement is one of the issues the state now faces as they take their smoking and tobacco ban on state university system campuses statewide.

Armstrong Atlantic State University went tobacco free on campus a few years ago. Signs are posted around campus, and just like the state ban passed today by the Georgia Board of Regents, all forms of tobacco products will not be allowed to be used on campus.

The new ban also includes events hosted by outside parties, but exceptions may be made for research purposes.

The university system wants to promote health and well being, but like Armstrong, enforcement will be up to the presidents of each school. Students we spoke to said, even if it's not enforced to zero tolerance, it's still a good thing.

"I think it's went pretty well. I mean, at first when it wasn't being enforced bad, you'd see a bunch of people still smoking cigs and chewing tobacco. They have little spots now where a bunch of them go whenever they want," said Cody Sherlin, an AASU sophomore on the baseball team.

"You can walk around and you will still see people smoking cigarettes. I don't think it is being enforced well as it should be," said RJ Dennard, a junior baseball team member at AASU.

"People who don't smoke, I think they will respect that. You don't want smoke getting around you or in your face. So, I think it's a good idea," said Tori Klewicki-McNutt, a student on the women's basketball team at AASU.

"I honestly think so. Being in the athletic department especially, I think it's a good idea," said Iulina Sherrod, a member of the athletics department faculty staff.

The ban does not go into effect immediately statewide. It will begin Oct. 1.

Students wanting help quitting will be offered information. Visitors, just like at Armstrong, if at a state campus, and caught smoking, may be asked to leave.

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