Transylvania University to go tobacco-free

A central Kentucky university is making plans to make its campus tobacco-free.

Transylvania University, in Lexington, will become tobacco-free August 1.

"We want to provide the healthiest, safest environment that we can for our students, faculty, staff and visitors," Transylvania President Charles L. Shearer said Wednesday in a news release.

University officials say the new policy will ban all types of tobacco, both smoking and smokeless, in all Transylvania buildings and on campus grounds. One exception will be a small designated smoking area on the southeast corner of the residential side of campus.

Transylvania's current tobacco policy bans smoking in all of its buildings and within 20 feet of entrances and walkways.

Signs announcing the new policy will be placed around campus. Transylvania is also planning to detail the policy on its Web site. You can find a link attached to this story.