Salem State University will ban tobacco on its campus, reported Tuesday.

In an email to faculty, staff and students, the North Shore college will expand its current ban of smoking in buildings to cover the entire campus, including all grounds and outdoor areas.

Chewing tobacco, and smokeless tobacco are also banned.

“The university has an opportunity to dramatically impact the health and welfare of the members of our community and guests by making a change in the currently accepted campus smoking practices,” Stanley P. Cahill, Salem State’s executive vice president, said in the message.

There are 10,000 students at Salem State, and 2,000 live on campus, reported.

Students and employees will be offered assistance with quitting before the policy goes into effect on September 1, 2011.

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