Prompted By Research Rule, U of Texas Goes Tobacco-Free

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Tobacco use is now prohibited on all University of Texas properties, including sidewalks, parking garages and lawns, officials announced today.

The Austin flagship has been smoke-free inside its buildings since 1991 and barred smoking within 20 feet of buildings in 2002. The more stringent policy was adopted to preserve UT’s eligibility for funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, which requires recipients to have tobacco-free premises.

“Education and awareness are going to be our primary methods of enforcement,” said Adrienne Howarth-Moore, UT’s director of human resource services.

The rule applies to satellite locations, including the Pickle Research Campus in North Austin, the McDonald Observatory in West Texas and the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas.

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