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Bans must be in place before Dec. 1, 2015.

By Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Dispatch News

The University of Alaska Board of Regents voted Thursday December 11 to ban the use of tobacco and tobacco-related products across all campuses, strengthening the current policy that only prohibits smoking inside university facilities and residential halls.

Under the new policy, UA is deemed a smoke- and tobacco-free environment, barring the use of tobacco almost everywhere on university properties, including trails and outdoor recreational areas. Products banned include cigarettes, hookahs, electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco.

Chancellors will decide when to implement the new policy at individual campuses, but bans must be in place before Dec. 1, 2015, according to the draft regulation. 

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