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Vote expected on full ban of tobacco on college campuses

Relay for Life Specialist Elyse Atha Relay for Life Specialist Elyse Atha
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Board of Regents is now expected to hold an initial vote next month on a proposed university system tobacco ban.

It would prohibit the use of any tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, On all of the system's campuses.

The Cancer Society says the proposal is an important step in fighting preventable disease.

"You're still putting those toxins in your body that can cause cancer," said Relay for Life Specialist Elyse Atha. "Those who dip or use snuff, I mean, you can get mouth cancer. There are other types of cancer you can get from using those tobacco product rather than just inhaling smoke."

Tobacco use is the leading cause of lung cancer, which is responsible for nearly a quarter of all cancer deaths.

The university system will now study how other states implement similar bans.

Their proposal also prohibits tobacco use at sporting events on university system property.

 

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