University of Missouri campus to be smoke free July 1

The University of Missouri says its campus in Columbia will become smoke-free beginning July 1.

In 2009, Chancellor Brady Deaton announced a plan to end smoking by Jan. 1, 2014. But that target was moved up at the urging of student leaders and a group called Smoke-Free Mizzou.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the new policy prohibits the smoking of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, pipes, cigars, hookahs and water pipes on campus.

The T.E. Atkins UM Wellness Program will provide smoking-cessation programs for faculty and staff. Students can get help quitting from the Wellness Resource Center.

Those who still want to smoke must leave any property that is owned or leased by the university.