Johnson and Wales University is set to become Rhode Island’s first tobacco-free college campus by July 2016. The university will be the 30th campus in New England to make the move, according to the Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative.
Johnson and Wales already prohibits the sale and advertising of tobacco products on campus. Spokeswoman Lisa Pelosi said the university hopes to open conversation about the health risks of tobacco use.
“We are going to ask our community to talk to each other and say please do not smoke on our property because it is for the benefit of all.”
Though no other university in Rhode Island is tobacco free, Rhode Island law currently prohibits smoking in enclosed public spaces and places of employment.
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