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Smoking ban widens
Since July 1, smoking at Mizzou has been limited to 15 designated outdoor areas.
Mizzou has taken another step toward becoming a smoke-free campus.
As of July 1, smoking is permitted only in 15 designated outdoor areas, in addition to parking lots and certain parking garages. The policy, which prohibits the smoking of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, pipes, cigars, hookahs and water pipes outside designated areas, applies to visitors, faculty, staff, volunteers, students, alumni, contractors and service representatives.
Details on the policy change, as well as a map of designated smoking areas and information about how to quit, are available at a new website, smokefree.missouri.edu. The university is offering free individual and group treatment, including nicotine-replacement products, to students and employees as well as their spouses and eligible dependents.
The move toward a smoke-free campus began in 2007 with the creation of a smoking policy task force. This led to an initial ban on smoking in all university-owned or -leased property and within 20 feet of building entrances and open windows.
The university will ban all smoking on campus beginning Jan. 1, 2014.