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Lafayette, LA (KPLC) -

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has announced that tobacco will be banned from its campuses, after a new policy goes into effect August 1. The policy follows a new state law requiring public universities to create smoke-free policies.

"Previously, smoking was permitted outdoors at least 25 feet away from building entrances. Our new tobacco-free policy goes further," said Joey Pons, associate director of Public Safety at UL Lafayette, in a news release.

"Besides removing secondhand smoke from our campuses, we want to support those who are trying to quit tobacco altogether," said Pons.

Along with the new policy, the university plans to launch a Breathe Easy educational campaign in the fall. UL Lafayette will review the policy's implementation and effectiveness during the spring 2015 semester.

The full policy is viewable at http://safety.louisiana.edu/resource-center/policies/tobacco-free-policy. Although the policy aims to create a tobacco-free environment, there are a few exceptions.

Smoking will still be permitted in personal vehicles parked or driven on the campus outside of the parking garages, on public sidewalks that surround the campus and outside of athletic facilities and in tailgating areas during NCAA events. E-cigarettes will be allowed in most outdoor areas but not indoors.

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