USM heading towards a smoke free campus

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A new initiative at The University of Southern Mississippi will soon have smokers searching for a designated spot to puff away.

The University will begin to take its first step towards becoming smoke free during the fall semester.

Jodi Ryder, with the Office of Health Promotions said, "Pretty soon there will be signs and receptacles in certain areas where people can smoke."

The effort is a collaboration of the University's Student Government, Faculty Senate, Staff Council.

Ryder said, "We are working on finalizing the zones, where they are going to be. We are going to have maps made up to distribute and the Physical Plant will put receptacles and benches in those areas."

The fall semester will be geared towards educating folks on the new policy and how to quit.

University Officials will enforce the smoke free policy by Spring 2012. The fine for smoking outside designated areas will be $50.

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