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UMass Boston bans smoking on campus

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The University of Massachusetts Boston on Tuesday banned smoking on school property. The prohibition also applies to vaporizers and e-cigarettes.

Effective immediately, students, visitors, and staff will no longer be able to light up in outdoor spaces including parking lots, the Bayside property, and the university's portion of HaborWalk in the Seaport District. Smoking was already banned inside.

University officials said they believe the change will lead to healthier outcomes for those affiliated with the school.

"At colleges where bans are in place, more people quit smoking and fewer people begin," Robert Pomales, the executive director of University Health Services, said in a statement.

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The new policy came about through a collaborative effort between students, faculty, and health services.

UMass Boston will post signs around campus to show that the university is a nonsmoking area.


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