Cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes will be banned on all Southeastern Louisiana University campuses when the university officially becomes tobacco-free Aug. 1. The decision includes Southeastern’s St. Tammany campus at 21454 Koop Road in Mandeville.

The change is in accordance with Act 211 from the 2013 state legislative session, which calls for public post-secondary education institutions to develop smoke-free policies, university officials recently announced. Southeastern, along with many of its sister institutions in the University of Louisiana System, took an additional step, banning all tobacco products.

The policy includes potential fines and other sanctions for violators.

“I am so proud for Southeastern to be a part of the 938 universities nationwide that have chosen a tobacco-free policy for their campus,” said Annette Baldwin, licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist and Louisiana Tobacco-Free College Initiative LTFCI grant coordinator at Southeastern. “I am even more proud that we are a part of the 176 universities that have included the use of e-cigarettes in our policy. We believe this to be a positive and health-directed move forward for our faculty, students, staff and visitors.”

The policy applies to all Southeastern students, faculty, staff, visitors and contractors. Baldwin said the university’s Counseling Center will offer smoking cessation clinics, led by a certified cessation specialist for students struggling with quitting tobacco. The Pennington Student Activity Center will offer similar clinics for faculty and staff.

For information, contact the Counseling Center at (985) 549-3894 or visit southeastern.edu/tobaccofree. To reach the St. Tammany campus, call (985) 893-6251.