Beginning Aug. 1, Transylvania University will follow the lead of Lexington's restaurants and the University of Kentucky and go tobacco-free.
Transylvania will have one small designated smoking area with a bench between its International House and the Clay Hall residential complex, according to college spokesman Sarah Emmons.
Transylvania's policy will prohibit the use of all types of tobacco, both smoking and smokeless, in all university buildings and on campus grounds. The school's current tobacco policy bans smoking in its buildings and within 20 feet of entrances and walkways.
"We are putting the health of our students and employees first by providing a tobacco-free environment and virtually eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke," Transylvania President Charles Shearer said in a statement.
The tobacco-free idea was proposed in 2009 by Ashley Hinton-Moncer, director of fitness and wellness, and spurred some lively debate on a Facebook discussion page. One student proposed that the university set up a smoking gazebo area.
Lexington banned smoking in its bars and restaurants in 2004. The University of Kentucky banned tobacco use on its campus effective Nov. 19, spurring some students to protest by smoking near one of UK's Tobacco-Free campus signs.
Bluegrass Community and Technical College banned smoking at its Cooper Drive campus in 1991.