A decision by the Ohio Board of Regents could soon be taking effect at public campuses across Ohio.
Higher education officials have voted to urge all state campuses to ban use of all tobacco products, both indoors and outdoors. Although the decision to do so will ultimately be up to each institution’s Board of Trustees.
"It has been a topic of our President’s Cabinet for a little over two years now, and it’s also been a cross campus collaboration topic as we’ve worked with Ohio University to explore this as an option and to explore that if we were to do something like this how we might implement it," said Chad Brown, Provost and Executive Vice President of Zane State College.
The college has been dedicated to improving their overall health, going as far as establishing a wellness program.
Helping students reduce their tobacco use is a high priority for the campus.
"We’ve looked at ways at how we can potentially ban it from the inner campus, make a smoking so that it can only happen, at what we call beyond the loop road, which is the outer surrounding of the whole thing, or from the campus completely," said Brown.
Zane State will continue to have discussions within their Cabinet, they will also have collaborative meetings with Ohio University-Zanesville. Ultimately the Board of Trustees will have the final say on the decision.