- Associated Press - Sunday, October 15, 2017

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The University of Southern Mississippi is getting ready to ban all forms of tobacco on campus.

The Hattiesburg American reports that starting Jan. 1, no cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or products that mimic tobacco will be allowed.

Southern Miss was one of eight colleges and universities in the state to recently receive a grant from the CVS Health Foundation to become tobacco-free campuses. Spokesman Jim Coll says the $20,000 grant will go toward installation of tobacco-free signs, education efforts and the promotion of cessation resources at Southern Miss.

The University of Mississippi banned all tobacco products in 2013, and Mississippi State went tobacco-free in 2016.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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