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Clean air alert: all UC campuses to be smoke-free by 2014

University of California President Mark Yudof.
University of California President Mark Yudof.
AP / Paul Sakuma

The era of smoking in the boys’ room – or anywhere on University of California campuses, for that matter – is about to come to an end, thanks to a new decree that came down from UC president Mark Yudof this week.

The comprehensive ban extends to residences halls and parking lots, and includes smokeless tobacco products (leave that chew at home, kids!), making a point to mention “unregulated” items like “e-cigarettes”. The sale and advertising for any of the above will be forbidden.

Yudof called for campus chancellors to form committees at each school to begin implementing these sweeping changes over the next two years.

“As a national leader in healthcare and environmental practices, the University of California is ready to demonstrate leadership in reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke,” Yudof said in the letter to chancellors. “Offering a smoke-free environment will contribute positively to the health and well-being of all UC students, faculty, staff, and our patients and visitors."