- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The University of Alaska will consider a ban on tobacco at all campuses.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1s2OC42) reports UA President Pat Gamble has directed chancellors at Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau to make recommendations.

Gamble says that if there’s a workable proposal, he will present it to the Board of Regents.

Several regents in December requested a policy to consider. Students at recent regents meetings have testified in favor of a tobacco-free system.

Smoking already is banned inside UA buildings. A new policy could ban tobacco elsewhere on campuses or prohibit smokeless tobacco.

Gamble says he’d prefer a policy that could be applied throughout the state but will give chancellors a chance to speak on needs at their campuses.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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