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Ball State to go smoke free Aug. 1

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Ball State will soon join the growing list of smoke free campuses.

The Board of Trustees voted Thursday to eliminate designated smoking areas. Tobacco will only be allowed in tailgating areas during home football games.

The university is committed to providing a healthy learning and working environment for the entire community,” said Kay Bales, vice president for student affairs. “Ball State now is aligned with nearly 1,200 smoke-free and 800 tobacco-free campuses across the nation.

“The new policy is consistent with the university’s wellness initiatives, the tobacco-free health care premium discount and our demonstrated commitment to the well-being of employees and students through the investments in facilities and educational programs.”

The policy becomes effective Aug. 1.