University of Denver limits smoking on campus |

University of Denver limits smoking on campus

DENVER, Colorado ” The University of Denver plans to ban smoking nearly everywhere on campus starting Jan. 1.

Smoking would be allowed in 25-foot-wide areas on the edges of campus and on public sidewalks on streets running through campus. The Newman Center for the Performing Arts and the Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness would designate outdoor smoking areas during public events.

The decision was made public Friday.

Chancellor Robert Coombe says secondhand smoke is a public health issue.

The DU Tobacco Task Force had recommended a complete campus ban on smoking and tobacco products. Almost 1,900 university community members signed a supporting petition.

The university already bans smoking inside buildings and within 25 feet of doorways.

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