- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Johnson & Wales University is becoming the first college in Rhode Island to go tobacco-free.

The university made the announcement Tuesday, and will prohibit tobacco as of July 1, 2016.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1PvtKBd ) more than 1,500 college campuses around the country are smoke-free and two-thirds are tobacco-free. Currently no colleges in Rhode Island are tobacco-free.

University officials said in a statement they want to provide a safe and healthy working and learning environment for the community.

The Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative defines “tobacco-free” as banning smoking and using tobacco from all college facilities, property and vehicles.

The move joins other steps the school has taken toward becoming tobacco-free in the past couple years, such as prohibiting the selling of tobacco and tobacco-related advertising on campus.

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