ASU Starts Temporary Smoking Ban

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The president of Alabama State University says he's looking to implement a temporary smoking ban.

University President William Harris told AL.com (http://bit.ly/18N3j1b) Wednesday that he's going to use executive authority to temporarily ban the use of all tobacco products on campus.

He says science has proven "that smoking causes grave difficulties to health," and university officials want students and staff to be as healthy as possible.

Alabama State University officials are considering a permanent policy to ban tobacco use on campus - including smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes. The board of trustees is expected to decide on that policy in September.

Alabama State is at least the second public school in the state to ban smoking on campus. Auburn University has also implemented a similar ban.

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