UK to go all smoke-free on Nov. 19

The University of Kentucky will ban smoking from its campus, including all outside spaces, beginning Nov. 19, the day of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout.

UK made the announcement Monday, two months after President Lee T. Todd Jr. first called for a smoke-free campus at the university's December Board of Trustees meeting.

The university already bans smoking indoors or within 20 feet of its buildings. By adding its campus grounds to the ban, UK will join 255 other U.S. colleges and universities with smoke-free campuses.

Todd appointed a task force Monday to determine how to implement the new policies, including determining how to get the message out through signs and marketing and providing treatment and addiction management help.

The task force will be chaired by Ellen Hahn, a College of Nursing faculty member and director of UK's Tobacco Policy Research Program, and Anthany Beatty, assistant vice president for campus services.

Todd named 28 others to the task force.