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News - February 28, 2014

Around Town

NO MORE TOBACCO ... Though Stanford University has yet to join the ranks of smoke-free college campuses across the country, it did recently take a small step in that direction, asking campus vendors to cease all sales of tobacco products. The change will be effective as of March 1. Currently, cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes are available for purchase at two places on campus: a Valero gas station on Serra Street and at Tresidder Express inside Tresidder Union. Both vendors have agreed to stop selling the products, the university said. "The university is an advocate for the health and well-being of its entire community, and tobacco sales are inconsistent with our many programs that support healthy habits and behaviors," Susan Weinstein, assistant vice president for business development, said in a press release. University policy bans smoking in all classrooms, offices, enclosed buildings and facilities (including dorms) but allows outdoor smoking in areas more than 30 feet from buildings (except during organized outdoor or athletic events). The Stanford School of Medicine — inside and outside the building — has been smoke-free since 2007; Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital followed suit in January 2010. According to a January report by the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, there are now at least 1,182 colleges and universities that are 100 percent smoke-free. Of these, 811 are 100 percent tobacco-free.

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