Clemson trustees divided on making campus tobaco free

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A proposal to ban tobacco on the entire campus of Clemson University hit a snag this morning, as several members of the Board of Trustees expressed misgivings about a “soft enforcement” policy that calls for no consequences for violation except indoors.

Some trustees also said they didn’t like the idea of the university taking away the right of people to light up in areas where no one could be bothered by their second-hand smoke.

The proposed policy calls for disciplinary action to be taken against students, faculty and staff who violate the policy indoors, but more than 25 feet from buildings, they would simply be asked to put it out. The draft plan calls for the policy to go into effect in July 2015.

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