ATHENS — Athens State University will become a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus beginning Monday, according to a release from the university.

Athens State said it is joining more than 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide that have implemented a tobacco-free policy for their campuses.

Smoking and all forms of tobacco and smoke-related products, including e-cigarettes, will no longer be allowed on university property, the release said. This includes facilities, grounds and any university-owned or leased vehicle.

The new policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, visitors and contractors. All organizers and attendees of public events held on campus, including conferences, meetings and social events, will be asked to comply with the policy.

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