LAFAYETTE, La. -- Effective August 1 the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will be smoke free as part of a new state law, according to school officials.
The school is making the move to adhere to a new state law calling for public universities to create smoke-free policies, according to Joey Pons, associate director of Public Safety at UL Lafayette.
'Previously, smoking was permitted outdoors at least 25 feet away from building entrances. Our new tobacco-free policy goes further. Besides removing secondhand smoke from our campuses, we want to support those who are trying to quit tobacco altogether,' Pons said.
There are a few exceptions to the policy change. Smoking will be permitted in personal vehicles parked in university lots or on public streets on campus, but not parked within university parking garages. The use of tobacco will be permitted at tailgating spaces outside athletic facilities during NCAA sports events. Electronic cigarettes will be allowed in most outdoor areas, but not indoors.