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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Northern Kentucky University’s Board of Regents unanimously approved a campus-wide smoking ban Wednesday.

The university's Director of Wellness, Karen Campbell, presented the proposal to the board.

Before presenting the ban, Campbell said she was motived by health concerns for students and faculty on campus.

The Board of Regents vote will now allow NKU President Geoffrey Means to develop the details of the policy and to appoint a Tobacco-Free Campus Task Force to develop recommendations for the the policy’s implementation. The policy adoption process could take 18 months.

“NKU has been consistently recognized for its commitment to health and wellness,” Mearns said. “Today we begin the next step toward improving our campus atmosphere. Our goal is to provide a healthy environment for our students and, in turn, a healthy workforce for local employers.”

Eighty-nine percent of students and staff polled by the university claimed they were either non-smokers or wanted to quit. Sixty-nine percent were either in favor of the tobacco-free policy or had no opposition to the policy.

NKU began restricting campus smoking to designated areas in 2006.

According to the university, NKU is the third Kentucky campus to go smoke free. The others include University of Kentucky, Bellarmine and Transylvania.

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