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Savannah university to enforce smoke-free campus

POSTED: February 7, 2012 4:06 p.m.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia university plans to ban smoking on its Savannah campus later this year.

Administrators at Armstrong Atlantic State University says smoking, chewing tobacco and all other tobacco use will be prohibited on it property both outdoors and indoors once the fall semester starts next August. The school will be the 16th college in Georgia to completely snuff out smoking.

Armstrong Atlantic's president, Linda Bleicken, says the change will "support the health and well-being" of the university's 7,500 students as well as faculty and staff.

The university's student government first approached administrators about a tobacco ban in 2010. A task force was assigned to study the change and later approved it.

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