San Jose State University Becomes Latest Tobacco-Free Campus

by Tim Fang

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Students at San Jose State University will no longer be allowed to smoke or vape on campus this upcoming school year, as the school’s tobacco-free policy went into effect.

The policy, which became official on August 1st, applies to all indoor and outdoor university spaces, including housing and parking lots. According to a university statement, the policy applies to cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes. Hookah smoking, even without tobacco, is also banned.

University faculty, staff and visitors are also banned from using tobacco on campus.

San Jose State is among more than 1,180 campuses nationwide that have become 100 percent smoke-free, the university said. The University of California banned tobacco products and e-cigarettes on all 10 campuses in 2014.

The new restrictions come as the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved raising the legal age to purchase tobacco and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21 in unincorporated areas starting in 2016.

Tim Fang is a digital producer for CBS San Francisco. A native of the Bay Area, follow him on Twitter @fangtj.

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