Saturday is the first day of an official smoking ban at both Oregon State University and the University of Oregon.

The ban, announced earlier and enacted via administrative rules, covers all indoor and outdoor spaces controlled by the universities, including parking lots, in Corvallis and Eugene as well as their various satellite campuses and institutions around the state.

Both schools said they would spend some time “educating” smokers about the ban rather than trying to punish them.

But OSU also has said that students and employees who violate the ban would be subject to sanctions.

In Eugene, Oregon said student smokers eventually would risk a $30 fine if they are caught lighting up.

The ban applies to buildings, athletic and entertainment facilities — both indoor and outdoor — sidewalks, roadways, parking lots and grounds.

In the fall of 2010, the UO said, it became the first Pac-12 institution to announce intentions to become a smoke- and tobacco-free university. OSU did so about the same time. Both schools decided to reduce the risks of second-hand smoke exposure and to provide a healthier environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors, the universities have said.

“The University of Oregon is now a healthier campus,” UO President Michael Gottfredson said in a prepared statement.

“I appreciate the leadership of the governor, and the hard work of our students and other campus and community members in getting us to this day.”

Gov. John Kitzhaber has issued an executive order banning the use of tobacco products anywhere on state property starting next Jan. 1.

That does not affect Linn-Benton Community College, which is not state property. Smoking is still allowed in designated areas at LBCC.

Democrat-Herald

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