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A letter sent to University of Arizona students and staff spells out a big change in campus policy for the upcoming school year.

The U of A will be smoke and tobacco-free as of August 15, before the fall semester starts, officials confirmed on July 16.

“The University's new ‘Smoking and Tobacco Policy’ is designed to promote the health and wellness of all members of the University community, including visitors to campus, and it will prohibit the use of tobacco- and nicotine-containing products on property owned or controlled by the UA,” Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Melissa Vito wrote in the letter. “We spent the last academic year collecting feedback from students and employees, and we are in the final weeks of accepting comments from the general public.”

The new policy will prohibit the use of nicotine and tobacco products on all UA-owned property, including the main campus, the Arizona Health Sciences Center, Phoenix Biomedical Campus, UA South, satellite campuses, in university vehicles or any UA-leased property.

The prohibited forms of tobacco or nicotine include pipes, cigars, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and water pipes. The university will allow smoking cessation aids, like nicotine gum, patches and nasal sprays.

The UA isn’t the first campus in the area to ask its students to cut down on smoking.

Pima Community College approved a similar policy last December, creating designated smoking areas. Arizona State University became a tobacco-free school in August 2013.

Public comments began in March and will continue through through July 27. Comments can be sent to UA Vice President for Human Resources and Institutional Effectiveness, Allison Vaillancourt, at vaillana@email.arizona.edu.

Read the policy here: http://policy.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/Tobacco-Free.pdf.

Arizona Smokers' Helpline: (800) 556-6222 or http://www.ashline.org/quitting/webquit-portal

UA Life & Work Connections "Quit Tobacco" resources: http://lifework.arizona.edu/wsw/quittobacco

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