Emory bans smoking on campus

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga.,None — Emory University students will no longer be able to smoke on campus in the new year.

The school launched a tobacco-free policy, effective Jan. 1. The school says the health risks prompted the decision.

"The university made the policy change because tobacco is the only legally regulated substance that even if used in moderation is proven to be harmful to health," the school's site says.

The site has a section of Emory's tobacco-free initiative, featuring a video with an overview of the policy.

Tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and hookahs are banned from Emory property, including private cars in Emory parking lots. According to the policy, violators will face disciplinary action.

The school has also established 14 areas where tobacco use will be allowed for a limited time, but it is unclear how long.

"Faculty, staff and students who currently use tobacco are encouraged to take advantage of several cessation programs that Emory is currently offering free of charge, including classes and cessation medications," the site says.