Work begun on EKU tobacco-free policy
RICHMOND — Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson announced in a video Sept. 27 that a campus-wide tobacco free policy was being developed by a university task force.
The policy, that Benson wants to implement June 1, would prohibit use of tobacco products on campus. Since 2006, EKU has allowed smoking in designated outdoor areas 25 feet away from building entrances.
“We have an opportunity to improve the health of everyone who steps on our campus,” Benson said in the video. “Second-hand smoke exposure causes nearly 50,000 deaths each year among adults in the United States, and it is also linked to numerous health issues including heart disease and lung cancer.”