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      UW-Stevens Point to go tobacco-free

      University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP file photo)
      University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP file photo)
      STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) - The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point plans to go tobacco-free this month.

      Starting Aug. 25, no one will be allowed to use tobacco on campus property, including parking lots and sidewalks. UW-Stevens Point health officials say they want to encourage healthier lifestyles. They say they'll help students quit using tobacco, including counseling, free or reduced-cost nicotine replacement products such as nicotine gum and prescription medication.

      Tobacco use will be allowed in a designated area at Treehaven, a UW-Stevens Point natural resources research facility in Tomahwak, until the fall 2015. University officials say they created the phase-in period to give organizations that rent the center ample notice of the ban.

      The university says more than 700 college campuses across the United States have banned tobacco.