University of Kansas smoking ban set for fall 2018

KU Campus (KSN File Photo)
KU Campus (KSN File Photo)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – The University of Kansas campus plans to be tobacco-free beginning in the fall of 2018.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that an official university announcement about the new rule isn’t expected until fall of 2017, but the Tobacco Free KU initiative is continuing its efforts to get the word out.

University spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson says it’s hoped that a longer road to implementation will help ensure everyone is ready for the changes.

Smoking currently isn’t allowed inside buildings, but people can smoke outdoors, at least 20-feet away. Residents of student housing also are allowed to use smokeless tobacco products inside their rooms.

Under the new policy all tobacco use, plus the use of e-cigarettes, will be banned campus wide.

Barcomb-Peterson says enforcement of the ban will be phased in.