Rose State College in nearby Midwest City today joins a growing list of college and university campuses that have gone tobacco free in recent years.

Oklahoma State University is tobacco free, as is the OU Health Sciences Center, but the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus policy allows smokers to light up if they are at least 25 feet from building entrances.

Rose State security will begin enforcing the tobacco free policy among patrons today.

Campus operations staff will begin removing all ashtrays and installing “tobacco free campus” signs on each building as well as other high-traffic areas.

The change comes almost a year after the college’s Board of Regents voted unanimously to make Rose State a tobacco-free campus.

Hundreds of similar institutions have banned tobacco use in the past few years. The initiatives are generally driven by student groups and faculty and staff councils.

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