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Bill bans smoking in residence halls

Publication Date: 6/3/2005
  • Author:Sarah El-Ghazaly
  • Publication:The Daily Beacon (University of Tennessee)
Two anti-smoking initiatives urging The University of Tennessee to discourage smoking passed in May, though in milder forms than originally proposed, and are currently awaiting administrative action.

The Tennessee General Assembly passed a bill that was amended to authorize, rather than require, the university administration and the Board of Regents to prohibit smoking in residence halls and create non-smoking entrances to all university buildings.

Prior to the amendment, the bill had mandated those changes.

"I have been opposed to smoking," Sen. Tim Burchett, R-Knoxville, said Tuesday. "In this country, it is like a dinosaur; it needs to be extinct."