Signs will be posted throughout campus warning of the ban, but once it kicks in next year, students who light up on campus will be subject to disciplinary action that could include expulsion, and staff could face termination.
WVU students and staff have already gotten a whiff of how smoke-free environments work.
In June 2010, the WVU Board of Governors approved a complete tobacco ban at the Health Sciences campus, arguing that allowing smoking went against the health-driven mission of Health Sciences.
In January, Monongalia County began enforcing a ban on all indoor smoking in public places. Some residents fumed about the ban, saying it represented a violation of their rights, but for the most part, people are on board with the changes, Redding said.
Across the U.S., there are 711 campuses that are 100 percent smoke free, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. In the state, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and the WVU Health Sciences campuses are the only two campuses that have complete bans on smoking.
However, West Virginia Northern Community College's ban on all tobacco products goes into effect Nov. 15, the date of this year's Great American Smokeout, according to The Associated Press. The ban will apply to three campuses in Wheeling, Weirton and New Martinsville.
West Virginia had the highest smoking rate in the country in 2010, with an estimated 26.8 percent of adults ages 18 and older smoking. Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of death and disease in the state, killing about 4,000 people a year, according to the state Division of Tobacco Prevention.
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