Talk of banning tobacco on entire UT-Austin campus

February 10, 2012 7:46:06 AM PST
Less tobacco, more money.

Officials at the University of Texas in Austin will consider banning tobacco on the entire campus in a health-related move that could mean more research money.

UT currently bans smoking in residence halls, during class and at other indoor areas.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas has decided that grant recipients would be required to have tobacco-free campuses.

Adrienne Howarth-Moore , with UT's human resource services, said Thursday that the school has received about $30 million from the institute. Having a tobacco-free campus, by March 1, could mean an addition $88 million.

A UT spokesman says tobacco-free discussions will include faculty, administrators and students.