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      Finlandia University goes tobacco free

      Finlandia University announced on Thursday that it is now tobacco-free.

      "The decision to institute this policy was in response to urging from students, student groups, and employees, as well as in response to state and national trends, and trends on college and university campuses nationwide," said Finlandia president Philip Johnson.

      The new policy bans tobacco use in all outdoor and indoor university areas, activities, and property. Tobacco use is still allowed in personal vehicles.

      The policy was announced in the fall of 2011, but took effect on August 1, 2013. University officials say that they have been preparing for the change, and various resources and incentives are available for Finlandia students and employees who wish to quit smoking.