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STEVENS POINT, Wis. -The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point plans to go tobacco-free this month.

Starting Aug. 25, no one will be allowed to use tobacco on campus property, including parking lots and sidewalks. UW-Stevens Point health officials said they want to encourage healthier lifestyles. They said they'll help students quit using tobacco, including counseling, free or reduced-cost nicotine replacement products such as nicotine gum and prescription medication.

Tobacco use will be allowed in a designated area at Treehaven, a UW-Stevens Point natural resources research facility in Tomahwak, until the fall 2015. University officials said they created the phase-in period to give organizations that rent the center ample notice of the ban.

The university said more than 700 college campuses across the United States have banned tobacco.


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UW-Stevens Point to go tobacco-free

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