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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.