UMaine-Augusta To Prohibit Tobacco Use On Campus

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Friday, August 31, 2012

The University of Maine at Augusta will ban tobacco use starting in January, joining a growing number of colleges and universities in Maine and around the country.

The policy will "promote a campus culture of wellness and environmental responsibility," President Allyson Handley wrote in an email to faculty, staff and students this week.

UMA officials started talking about going tobacco-free more than a month ago, and they watched the University of Maine, the University of Maine at Farmington, Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield and the city of Augusta enact similar policies in the past two years.

"I think it was just a matter of time that we decided that it was time for us, too," said Leslie Ellis, a human resources employee and chairwoman of the university's wellness committee.

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