Board of Governors approves tobacco ban

Marshall University’s Board of Governors  approved a policy banning tobacco products on any university-owned or controlled property at their meeting last week on the Huntington campus.

The tobacco policy applies to any and all indoor and outdoor locations. However, events that attract a large number of off-campus visitors to a Marshall location may be exempted on a case-by-case basis, provided that all smoking be restricted to designated outdoor smoking areas.

The tobacco policy goes into effect Monday, July 1.

“We are so happy that our campus is making this move to improve the health of our students, faculty and staff,” said Amy Saunders, director of student health programs. “We are joining more than 800 colleges and universities across the nation that have taken this stance against tobacco use.”

Saunders said her organization will soon be setting up programs to help students, faculty and staff with cessation efforts.