University Enforcing Campus Clean Air Act
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A new state law went into effect Aug. 1 prohibiting smoking on campuses of all public institutions of higher education in Arkansas, with penalties of $100 to $500 per violation. The University of Arkansas enacted a tobacco free policy in July, 2008, but the state law means that University of Arkansas Police officers can and will write tickets to anyone caught smoking on campus property. UAPD officials have indicated that they will issue warnings, not tickets, for at least the first month the law is in effect. The majority of students return to campus beginning Aug. 16.
The University of Arkansas campus was one of the first major institutions of higher education in the country to prohibit tobacco use on all campus property. The tobacco free policy was announced one year in advance of it being put into effect on July 1, 2008. And the policy was designed to encourage compliance and change the culture of smoking on campus. This policy, which prohibits all tobacco use including smokeless tobacco, remains in effect.
Violators of the state “Clean Air On Campus Act of 2009” will be subject to a fine of not less than $100 and no more than $500. This law will be enforced through citations issued by University of Arkansas Police officers.
The new law, like the tobacco-free policy, applies to everyone on the University of Arkansas campus, students, faculty, staff and visitors.
Scott Flanagin, executive director of communications
Division of Student Affairs
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