EKU Board of Regents approves tuition hike, tobacco ban

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - It looks like Eastern Kentucky University students will be paying more for their education next school year.

On Monday, the EKU Board of Regents approved a five percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students.

That means full-time students will each pay around $192 more per semester.

The tuition hike will go into effect in the fall.

Also Monday, the board approved a ban on all tobacco products on EKU property, including inside personal vehicles. It goes into effect June 1. The measure also includes a ban on electronic cigarettes.

"You have a better success with adherence when you do have a 100% tobacco free policy. That's the position we are taking with ours," said Renee Fox, EKU Health Benefits and Wellness Coordinator.

Part-time workers will be hired to maintain compliance. The number of people that will be hired hasn't been decided.

EKU student and smoker Brittany J. Lewis understands the university's motivation but expects resistance from smokers.

"I don't think it'll be physical violence, there will be a protest," Lewis told WKYT.

The university will offer free classes for students, staff, and faculty trying to quit smoking.

EKU had already banned smoking on campus in 2006.

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