Starting January 1, USCB no longer will allow the use of any tobacco products, including chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes, on either its Beaufort or Hilton Head Gateway campuses.
The news was first reported by the Beaufort Gazette.
The university’s current policy bans the use of tobacco products only in campus buildings and within 25 feet of building entrances, as well as at several designated outdoor seating areas.
“All of our buildings on campus already have a no smoking policy in effect. So really the only thing that changes is you can’t smoke on the grounds of our campus.” University spokeswoman Candace Brasseur told South Carolina Radio Network.
USCB joins at least 10 other schools in South Carolina — the nation’s fifth-largest tobacco-growing state — that already ban smoking or tobacco products. USC Sumter and USC Upstate also have gone tobacco-free. USC Aiken plans to do so in July 2015.
As of Oct. 1, 975 colleges and university around the country are tobacco-free, according to vice chancellor for student development Doug Oblander. USCB is following the national trend, he said, to protect students’ health and well-being.