(WMC-TV) - The University of Memphis is about to become the latest Mid-South university to ban smoking on campus.
University of Memphis officials say the new tobacco policy is all about healthy choices on campus. The smoking ban goes into effect October 1.
According to the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, the number of campuses going smoke-free and tobacco-free jumped by leaps and bounds since 2009.
The uptick is due in part by the American College Health Association.
The University of Memphis will not completely ban tobacco, but there will be designated smoking areas in various spots around the campus.
The policy includes cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff, and electronic cigarettes.
Several other Mid-South campuses have already partially banned tobacco including the University of Tennessee, University of Arkansas, and the Ole Miss campus.
The smoking ban will be in effect 24 hours a day and many people question how officials will enforce that new policy.