OSU now a non-smoking university

OSU now a non-smoking university

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — A campus-wide smoking ban has gone into effect at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

A sign outside the Memorial Union informed visitors and students Saturday that OSU is a now a non-smoking campus.

The Gazette-Times reports that the ban applies to all indoor and outdoor spaces controlled by OSU, including its various satellite campuses around the state.

Oregon State and the University of Oregon both announced in 2010 that they would enact the ban this year to provide a healthier environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

OSU joined the University of Oregon, which also officially banned smoking on campus Semptember 1st. The UO smoking ban includes all University-owned lands, including Autzen Stadium.

Both universities say that they will place trash cans outside the campus for smokers to properly dispose of cigarettes before coming onto campus property.  Anyone caught leaving a cigarette butt around campus could face littering fines.