USM takes aim to make smoke-free campuses
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The University of Southern Mississippi is taking the first step toward being smoke-free by initiating a new smoking policy to be phased in during this fall semester on the Hattiesburg campus.
The policy will include designated areas with tobacco receptacles where people can smoke. The areas will be established in the coming weeks with signage.
The new policy won’t be enforced until in the spring 2012 semester when $50 fines will be issued to violators.
The effort is a collaboration of the university’s Student Government Association, Faculty Senate, Staff Council and the Office of Health Promotion, and is in keeping with one of the university’s strategic planning priorities - healthy minds, bodies and campuses.
Southern Miss Gulf Coast plans to form a committee during the 2011-2012 academic year to study benchmarks for its own smoking policy.
"We expect this policy to have a tremendous impact on the health of everyone on this campus, and that impact will result from the culture change that is the main goal of this campaign," said SGA President Erick Brown, an Honors College senior from Columbus. "This effort is where our commitment to a healthy campus shines brightest."
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