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UT Trustees approve campus smoking ban

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Smokers will have to find a new place to light up in the months ahead. The University of Toledo is banning smoking and tobacco products on campus.

The ban does not go into effect immediately. School leaders say there will be a grace period so that the message can get out to all of the students.

Alex Orozco is a student at UT. He tells 13abc, "No one is going to enforce it and no one is going to follow it so were going to go back where people are smoking all over the place and littering the entire campus with cigarettes and any other trash that accumulates when people gather in one spot."

Smokers were not happy to hear about the new policy, but some non-smokers we talked to thought it was the right thing to do.

Juaneisha Foster tells 13abc, "I don't think it's a big problem everybody doesn't smoke or even be around cigarettes or any other smoking things people do..I don't think its a big problem, but I think students will be mad."

So what will happen if students are caught lighting up once the ban is in place? UT Police Chief Jeff Newton tells 13abc, "It's important to know that its not the police specific responsibility to enforce a no smoking policy. It's really everybody's responsibility."

The police chief says you will be told to put it out. He tells 13abc, "The idea that they think they can stop us from doing something isn't going to happen."

Two other important developments came out of today's meeting.

The board announced it will begin the search process to replace President Lloyd Jacobs. The trustees also approved a $3.6 million project to renovate a building on Glendale Avenue. It will serve as a family medical center.

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