- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - The University of Hawaii’s flagship Manoa campus is going smoke-free.

Starting July 1, it will be the second campus after Kapiolani Community College to ban smoking in the state.

Smoking will be prohibited within all university owned or operated property. That includes indoor facilities and outdoor grounds, as well as inside of vehicles on university premises. State law already forbids smoking in buildings and enclosed areas.

Disciplinary measures aren’t expected to be used for enforcement. The school will rely on self-enforcement.

“We don’t want to criminalize cigarette smoking,” said Kristen Scholly, University Health Services health promotion chairwoman. “The intent is to encourage smokers to think about cessation not just for the benefit of their own health, but also to remove secondhand exposure.”

The policy doesn’t explicitly mention the use of chewing tobacco or electronic cigarettes, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (https://ow.ly/JSQQ3) reported Tuesday. The policy prohibits “inhaling or exhaling the fumes of tobacco or any other plant material, or burning or carrying any lighted smoking equipment for tobacco or any other plant material.”

The university says the policy may be updated to include e-cigarette devices, depending on future state laws. The long-term health effects of using electronic smoking devices are still widely unknown.

“It’ll probably take a couple of years for lab studies to get a more clear picture of what really is in the vapor,” said Thomas A. Wills, whose recently published study in the journal Pediatrics found that the rate of teenagers using e-cigarettes in Hawaii is more than double the rate of mainland teens.

The university’s Cancer Center and medical school have been smoke-free since opening in 2013 and 2005, respectively.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, https://www.staradvertiser.com

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