SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A southwest Missouri university wants to become a tobacco-free campus.
But Missouri State University is not requiring anyone to go cold turkey.
The university in Springfield will phase in the policy before becoming tobacco-free in 2012.
Indoor smoking has been prohibited for years. Since August, the school has limited outdoor smoking to 26 designated zones.
The university is now focusing on education. It is offering tobacco cessation programs for students, and its health plan also pays for programs for faculty, staff and their dependents who want to quit.
The only other public, four-year university in Missouri that is smoke free is Northwest Missouri State in Maryville.