Right now, folks can smoke as long as they’re outside and away from buildings.
But soon, smoking on campus will be phased out altogether.
The official announcement won’t be made until September but University of Maine administrators say they’re on track to become the state’s first tobacco-free campus.
Dr. Robert Dana is Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students he says there are several reasons for the measure.
First and foremost administrators want non-smokers to be protected from secondhand smoke.
They’re also looking to help smokers kick the habit. Dana says, ":Most smokers want to stop smoking and the inability to smoke in an environment makes it easier for people to stop smoking.":
As far as enforcement Dana says he’s hoping for voluntary compliance. He says there are no plans to issue fines or tickets.