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U of I smoking ban applies to football tailgaters

August 30, 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is reminding football fans that its new smoke-free campus policy applies to tailgaters in Memorial Stadium parking lots.

Signs were posted at entrances to all UI parking lots and the stadium in time for Saturday’s season-opener against Youngstown State.

The campus went smoke-free on Jan. 1 after a student referendum. Hundreds of other college campuses around the country have done the same.

But don’t expect a heavy-handed crackdown.

UI Deputy Police Chief Skip Frost tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1B4xQW4 ) that officers are not going to become — in his words — “the no-smoking police.”

Without the manpower to cite every violator, police will simply inform smokers of the policy and ask them to put out their cigarettes.

Anyone who refuses, though, could be kicked out.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

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