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With tobacco ban now in effect, Sacramento State joins UC Davis, Los Rios colleges

FILE -- Cigarette packs are displayed at a convenience store in New York, Monday, March 18, 2013.
FILE -- Cigarette packs are displayed at a convenience store in New York, Monday, March 18, 2013. AP File

In accordance with a systemwide executive order issued in April, smoking and tobacco use are officially banned at the California State University, Sacramento, campus, effective Friday.

In the week leading up to the ban, the university started a campaign to provide cessation resources and assistance, according to a Sacramento State news release.

A Sacramento State tobacco ban has been in the works for a few years. Previous campus president Alexander Gonzalez in 2013 approved a ban set to take effect in 2015, according to the news release. That ban was delayed in anticipation of the CSU-wide Executive Order 1108, which required all campuses to implement smoking and tobacco bans by Sept. 1.

Nearby colleges have been nonsmoking for more than a year. University of California campuses, including UC Davis, have prohibited on-campus tobacco use since Jan. 1, 2014.

All four Los Rios Community College District campuses – American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges – banned tobacco at different points in 2016.

A recent story published by Sac City Express, Sacramento City College’s student newspaper, acknowledged the ban’s one-year anniversary (Sac City’s ban took effect Aug. 20, 2016). The story states that while the ban has received some support from students and staff, smokers are converging on the outskirts of campus to smoke rather than quit.

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