Valdosta State University Goes Tobacco-Free Wednesday

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Updated By: Winnie Wright
September 29, 2014

Valdosta, GA - Beginning Wednesday, Valdosta State University will no longer allow smoking on its campus.

Last March, The University System of Georgia adopted a tobacco and smoke-free campus policy. On Wednesday, the schools Associate Dean of Students, Niki Turley, says they will start moving "no smoking" signs in, and ash trays out. The school says they are still trying to figure out how they will implement the new policy, and say they don't want to be the "smoke-free police."

"We are going to ease in to this a little bit. We will be a smoke-free campus, but we are going to ease in to it and find the right ways to communicate the message. So that we're not dividing our community", says Turley.

To celebrate the event, the University will host "Kick Butts Day" Wednesday on it's campus, and will use the event to warn faulty, staff, and students, about the dangers of tobacco.

Winnie Wright
March 19, 2013

Valdosta, GA - The Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia passed a policy Wednesday banning all forms of tobacco on campuses beginning October 1, 2014
The policy will apply to students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors.

"One of the aspects of the policy which we strongly support is the classes that help people who are smokers. VSU has offered those classes for many years and we will continue to offer those classes free of charge to our faculty, our staff, and our students as needed", says Thressea Boyd, Director of Communication for Valdosta State University.

VSU's Student Government Association recently polled students and found that most are in favor of the smoke free policy on campus.

ATLANTA (AP) -- University System of Georgia officials are expected to weigh in on a tobacco ban that would apply to all campuses in the university system.

University System spokesman John Millsaps says a committee discussed and approved the proposed ban on Tuesday and will issue a report and recommendation to the full board for final approval on Wednesday.

If adopted by the Board of Regents, the tobacco ban would affect all 31 campuses in the University System of Georgia and would take effect on July 1.

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