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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Smokers have a little bit longer to light up on the University of Arizona's campus.

University officials say the official tobacco-free policy goes into effect on Monday, August 25, which is the first day of classes.

It was originally expected to go into effect on Friday, August 15. 

Officials say the new tobacco-free policy is an effort to make U of A a healthier campus.

Right now, the ban on campus includes the use of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes both indoors and outdoors. However, changes to the policy could be coming. University officials plan to release the updated tobacco ban policy this Friday.

Allison Vaillancourt, UA Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness & Human Resources says officials decided to delay the start date to consider the concerns about the tobacco ban brought up during the public comment period, which include the ban on e-cigarettes, enforcement mechanisms and questions about campus boundaries.

“This policy relies on members of the campus community to encourage compliance. Violators will be notified of the policy and encouraged to comply. We will work to increase awareness through communication tools and educational materials during the course of the fall semester,” added Vaillancourt. 

The new policy will be found Friday, under the “What's New" section of the University's policy website: http://policy.arizona.edu.

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