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Kansas Board of Regents Universities and State Agencies Tobacco/Smoke-Free Status

Kansas State Fair Smoke-Free in 2016 - Smokers who attend the Kansas State Fair will be required to use designated smoking areas, beginning in 2016. The state fair board narrowly approved the change after a lengthy debate Tuesday. The policy will not be in effect this year to give state fair staff time to suggest the designated areas and determine how the policy will be implemented. Currently, smoking is banned only inside fair buildings and the grandstand seating area. The Hutchinson News reports that Kansas will join more than 15 other state fairs in the country that restrict smoking on the fairgrounds.

Emporia State University - ESU had a “soft implementation” in fall, 2017 and final implementation of a tobacco free campus on January 1, 2018. Tobacco is defined as any product derived from, smoked, or containing products of tobacco. This includes, but is not limited to cigarettes (cloves, bidis, kreteks), chewing tobacco (spit, spitless, smokeless, chew, snuff, and snus), cigars and cigarillos, hookah and hookah-smoked products, pipes, blunts, smokeless tobacco, and similar products. Electronic cigarettes or e‐cigarettes are prohibited.

Fort Hays State University - After creating a Tobacco Task Force in September 2014, FHSU's President’s Cabinet approved the group’s recommendation for the campus to be entirely tobacco free, effective July 1, 2016.   Tobacco-free is defined to include any cigarettes (clove, bidis, kreteks), cigars, cigarillos, pipes, hookahs, and any other current or future product that involves or simulates smoking. This also includes smokeless, spit or spitless, dissolvable, or inhaled tobacco products, including but not limited to: dip, chew, snuff or snus, in any form (orbs, sticks, pellet, etc.). Nicotine products not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a smoking cessation product, such as ecigarettes and vaping devices, are also prohibited.

Kansas State University - KSU implemented a smoke-free policy on university owned property effective June 1, 2018. Smoking of cigarettes, cigars, pipes or burning tobacco in any other form or device, as well as the use of electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, hookah or other water pipe devices and all other related devices is prohibited.

Pittsburg State University - In 2012 PSU formed a task force to explore he fasiblity of making the campus tobacco free.  In 2014, the campus went tobacco free.  Tobacco is defined as all tobacco-derived or containing products, including and not limited to, cigarette (e.g., clove, bidis, kreteks), electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos, hookah smoked products, pipes and oral tobacco (e.g., spit and spitless tobacco, smokeless, chew, snuff, snus) and any product intended to mimic tobacco products. This policy also includes any newly devised tobacco or nicotine delivery products promoted by tobacco industries that are not recognized as cessation devices by the Food and Drug Administration.

Wichita State University - Recently formed a task force called “WU and Me Tobacco Free”.  At the discussion stage. 


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