EL PASO (February 22, 2014) The University of Texas at El Paso is now a tobacco-free campus.
The policy, which was under consideration for years, has been approved by the University of Texas System and is now a reality,
Assistant Vice President for Environment Health and Safety Robert Moss said.
The ban on smoking and chewing tobacco covers any university building or property and grounds, including parking lots and housing.
The El Paso school previously allowed smoking near entrances and exits.
Moss said signs warning of the prohibition started going up Friday and ashtrays are being removed.
The school is now one of at least five University of Texas System schools that ban tobacco.
In all more than 20 Texas colleges and universities are smoke- or tobacco-free.