Government seeks to cut tobacco use on campuses

By: Newscenter 16 staff
By: Newscenter 16 staff

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wants college campuses nationwide to take steps to eliminate tobacco use.

Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at the department, is expected at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on Wednesday to discuss the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative. The aim is to expand tobacco-free policies by universities, colleges, junior colleges and others.

The University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor adopted a ban on smoking outdoors in 2011, making good on previous plans. The university earlier had banned smoking inside its buildings since 1987, and the university's health system prohibited smoking in and around its facilities since 1999.

Tobacco-free campuses are part of a national Tobacco Control Strategic Action Plan from the Department of Health and Human Services.



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