Marshall University Implements Smoking Ban

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Marshall University's smoking ban is going into effect.

The ban on all tobacco products begins Monday and applies to all property owned or controlled by the Huntington school.

Ash trays will be removed Monday. Signs with the new rules will go up soon.

The Board of Governors approved the policy June 11. It covers faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors and visitors.

The only exceptions are for special events that draw large numbers of off-campus visitors. Those will be exempted on a case-by-case basis by the administration. But smoking will still be limited to outdoor areas.

The policy also bans the advertising, sale or free sampling of tobacco products.

Director of student health programs Amy Saunders says Marshall is following the lead of more than 800 colleges and universities nationwide.