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Clemson works to make campus tobacco-free

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A group of students, faculty and staff are working to make Clemson University's campus tobacco-free within two years.

The college has created a task force that will research the impact of a tobacco-free campus, create a policy and plan its implementation.

Currently, smoking is not allowed inside Clemson-owned and leased buildings, including residence halls. The new proposal would ban tobacco from all of campus properties, including outdoor spaces.

George Clay, executive director of student health services and chairman of the committee, said in a release issued Thursday that data shows that going tobacco free could reduce costs of health care and health insurance for employees.

"It is also in line with Clemson's 2020 goal 'to maintain an environment that is healthy, safe and attractive,'" Clay said.

More than 770 colleges or universities across the country are smoke-free, and more than 560 of those are completely tobacco-free.

According to the American Lung Association, Aiken Technical College, Charleston Southern University, Lander University, Medical University of South Carolina, Piedmont Technical College and the University of South Carolina Upstate are tobacco-free colleges in South Carolina.

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