UI Expanding Tobacco-Free Policy

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- The University of Iowa is preparing to expand its ban on tobacco use on campus to additional products. Currently, the university prohibits the use of cigarettes or cigar smoking on the UI campus.

Beginning August 24th, the ban will include e-cigarettes, chewing or smokeless tobacco, snuff or snus, pipes, water pipes (hookahs), bidis and kreteks.

In a statement to students and faculty, the university says the objective of the policy is to "support a healthy campus culture and to promote the health and well-being of all campus community members."

The policy change comes after months of study and careful consideration by a working group that my office tasked with looking into the issue. That group assessed regional and national trends with tobacco-free policies in higher education and gathered input from the UI campus community on the proposed change.