S.C. colleges look at on-campus tobacco bans

  • Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013 12:11 a.m.

COLUMBIA (AP) — Campus-wide bans against smokers could spread to several South Carolina universities.

The State newspaper of Columbia reports that at least 10 South Carolina colleges have gone tobacco free and at least five others are considering it in the country’s fifth-largest tobacco-growing state.

University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides expects to make a decision this summer after a campus task force recommended a tobacco ban. The former dean at USC’s School of Public Health says he’s leaning toward a tobacco-free campus.

A tobacco ban would cover nearly 40,000 students, faculty and staff at the Columbia university as well as fans tailgating in school-owned parking areas around the football stadium.

Clemson University, Furman University, Benedict College, College of Charleston and Winthrop University are also weighing campus-wide bans.

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