KU group wants tobacco-free campus by fall 2015

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An effort is underway to ban smoking and other forms of tobacco from the University of Kansas campus.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the Tobacco Free KU initiative has the backing of the student group Breathe Easy at KU and several university departments.

Tobacco Free KU says in report that the efforts started in spring 2013, when student and faculty surveys gauged opinions about the possibility of a tobacco-free campus. The University Senate passed a resolution encouraging Student Senate to develop a more restrictive smoking policy.

The university already bans smoking and e-cigarettes inside or near campus building. The goal is to expand the ban campus wide by fall 2015. KU got a $25,000 grant from the Kansas Health Foundation to help research the viability of going tobacco free.