Tobacco state Ky.'s biggest university bans leaf

AP News
Posted: Nov 19, 2009 11:50 AM

The largest university in the tobacco-growing state of Kentucky and home to a tobacco research center is banning all smoking on campus.

The University of Kentucky imposed a strict tobacco-free policy Thursday that applies everywhere on the sprawling campus in Lexington. It includes chewing tobacco, pipes, cigars and snuff as well as cigarettes and expands a 2006 ban on smoking in buildings and within 20 feet of buildings.

Kentucky is the nation's leading producer of burley tobacco, an ingredient in cigarettes.

The University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture advises tobacco growers and raises tobacco on its own farms for research. The campus is also home to a research center seeking new commercial uses for tobacco.