UT Arlington may stamp out smoking campuswide

September 18, 2009 4:34:07 AM PDT
The University of Texas at Arlington could join a growing list of college campuses to ban smoking and tobacco campuswide and the first four-year college in northern Texas. A 15-member committee that includes leading school administrators recommended the ban in announcement made Wednesday.

Committee chairwoman and UT-Arlington human resources Vice President Jean Hood says the overall goal is to have a healthy workplace.

The ban would not take effect until August 2011. But nothing's final until public input is received Oct. 19 and until university President James Spaniolo has made a final decision.

Until then the campus has planned an anti-tobacco education and support campaign, starting Oct. 1.

Tarrant County College and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth have similar bans.

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