By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia has joined a number of other colleges across the country and has gone smoke and tobacco free on campus.

The University of the Sciences joins more than 1,300 other colleges and universities in going smoke and tobacco free, but only the 10th in Pennsylvania. University president Doctor Helen Giles-Gee says it was a natural fit.

“As an institution devoted to health care and science, this has been an issue that has been fomenting on campus for some time,” Dr. Giles-Gee said.

Giles-Gee says the policy was embraced by most of the college community.

“We do have some smokers on campus as well, and they understand the importance of going tobacco free.”

In addition, she says, smoking cessation programs are being offered to help those people who want to quit. Giles-Gee says the official policy went into effect Thursday, but penalties won’t kick in for a few months.

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