NM college campus aims to be tobacco-free

Posted at: 11/30/2013 11:52 AM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University could have a new smoking and tobacco use policy by next summer.

The effort stems from a memorial passed during the last legislative session that requested the governing bodies of every public post-secondary educational institution in New Mexico to implement a tobacco-free campus policy by next July.

The initiative at NMSU would ultimately have to be approved by the Board of Regents.

Tilahun Adera is dean of NMSU's College of Health and Social Services. She says more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the U.S. already have smoke-free campuses and 800 campuses have a tobacco-free policy.

She says the growing trend is due to increasing recognition of the health hazards related to tobacco projects.

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