Johnson and Wales University is set to become Rhode Island’s first tobacco-free college campus by July 2016. The university will be the 30th campus in New England to make the move, according to the Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative.
Johnson and Wales already prohibits the sale and advertising of tobacco products on campus. Spokeswoman Lisa Pelosi said the university hopes to open conversation about the health risks of tobacco use.
Tobacco Free Rhode Island is applauding proposed rules out of the US Food and Drug Administration to regulate e-cigarettes. The rules are similar to those in a bill pending at the Statehouse.
The proposed FDA rules would require warning labels and ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. A bill before the General Assembly also bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and would require a license for e-cigarette retailers.