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UMass Boston bans tobacco on campus

The University of Massachusetts Boston has banned the use of tobacco products on campus. Effective Tuesday, the use of tobacco products, including vaporizers and e-cigarettes, will no longer be allowed in outdoor spaces and parking lots on campus, according to a statement released by the school.

“I remember 20 years ago, when we first asked people to stop smoking in the campus buildings,’’ Linda Dunphy, director of the UHS Health and Wellness Program, said in the school’s press release announcing the change. “That was a hard transition, but it was good for our campus community.’’

The Boston campus is the latest school in the UMass syste to go tobacco-free. The University of Massachusetts’ Amherst, Dartmouth, and Lowell campuses have already banned the use of tobacco on school grounds. Now, the school says new signage will be installed to remind students of the ban.

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The school said a Tobacco Policy Committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff drafted the new rule.

Students are expected to return to the Boston campus on Jan. 25.

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