UT Considers Banning Tobacco on Entire Campus

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

Friday, Feb 10, 2012  |  Updated 9:36 AM CDT
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UT Considers Banning Tobacco on Campus

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

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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.

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