UT Considers Banning Tobacco on Entire Campus

The new policy would expand the current ban to include sidewalks and parking garages

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    The University of Texas Tower on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas.

    Less tobacco, more money.

    Officials at the University of Texas in Austin will consider banning tobacco on the entire campus in a health-related move that could mean more research money.

    UT currently bans smoking in residence halls, during class and at other indoor areas.

    The Austin American-Statesman reports the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas has decided that grant recipients would be required to have  tobacco-free campuses.

    Adrienne Howarth-Moore , with UT's human resource services, said Thursday that the school has received about $30 million from the institute. Having a tobacco-free campus, by March 1, could mean an addition $88 million.

    A UT spokesman says tobacco-free discussions will include faculty, administrators and students.