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Fairmont State, Pierpont to Ban Tobacco Use on Campus


Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College are banning tobacco use on their shared campus.

Both schools’ governing boards have approved adoption of a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus. The Times West Virginian reports that the new policy is effective Aug. 1.

Pierpont Board of Governors chairman James Griffin says the board wanted to create a healthier environment for students.

Fairmont State senior program coordinator Holly Fluharty says the university is taking steps to help tobacco users in the transition. Workers who use tobacco will be offered an alternative work schedule allowing them to take time to go off campus to smoke or do another activity, such as walking.

Fairmont State spokeswoman Amy Pellegrin says a student-led organization will help students adjust to the new policy.