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May 18, 2014 7:52 PM by AP

LSU to ban smoking on main campus in fall

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Starting this fall, Louisiana State University's main campus will ban all tobacco products.

Spokesman Ernie Ballard tells The Advocate that a committee is working on the policy change, and wants to have it in place by Aug. 1.

The university already limits smoking to designated areas.

Associate professor Judith Sylvester led the campaign to expand the policy.

She says she's very happy but knows that having the policy is less than half the battle.

Campus police won't be able to write tickets for smoking. Leaders acknowledge that for campus visitors and tailgating football fans, it will be more of a recommendation.

Southern University has banned tobacco use on its campuses since 2012. Southern's policy says penalties range from verbal warnings to student expulsion.

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