All forms of cigarettes products will be prohibited on the MTSU campus and university-owned buildings July 1.

Tennessee law already prohibits smoking cigarettes in all buildings owned or operated by the state, which includes any university-owned or leased facilities, vehicles and athletic venues.

The current policy allows smoking cigarettes 20 feet away from doorways, windows, ventilation systems, walkways and gates. All forms of tobacco products including, but not limited to, cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco and snuff, as well as smokeless electronic cigarettes and other similar devices. Tobacco products will be allowed in private vehicles.

President Sidney McPhee has asked that the implementation be delayed until Jan. 1, 2012 to educate the campus community about the policy and provide support to those who wish to cease tobacco usage.

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