- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - With a few exceptions, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is banning tobacco from its campus.

The university says in a Tuesday news release that its tobacco-free policy takes effect Aug. 1.

Joey Pons, associate director of Public Safety at UL-Lafayette, says the policy is designed to eliminate second-hand smoke from campus and aid those who want to quit using tobacco.

Smoking will still be permitted in personal vehicles parked in university lots or on public streets on campus - but not in vehicles that are parked in university parking garages. The new policy allows the use of electronic cigarettes in most outdoor areas, but not indoors.

Previously, smoking was permitted outdoors at least 25 feet away from building entrances.

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