Staff and students at the Kenai Peninsula College have started the spring semester with the campus’ new tobacco ban now in effect.
The Peninsula Clarion reports the policy has been implemented for the entire University of Alaska system since Dec. 31. The use of tobacco or substitutes, vape pens and e-cigarettes is prohibited on all university property. The policy also includes a $50 fine for littering tobacco-related materials.
KPC Director Gary Turner said previously the new policy would be difficult for KPC’s Kenai River Campus because it doesn’t have nearby public sidewalks, where smoking is allowed.
The UA Board of Regents approved the change in December 2014 in an effort to create a healthier environment for smokers and non-smokers. They also sought to encourage those who do smoke to quit.
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