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BUTTE — The University of Montana Western will go tobacco free on Aug. 1.

The Montana Standard reports that Chancellor Dick Storey recently approved the plan to ban cigarette smoking, chewing tobacco and any other tobacco products on the campus.

A committee made up of smokers and non-smokers and that included students and staff last fall recommended the campus become tobacco free.

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Lynn Weltzien, a committee member and director of campus counseling, says the committee made the recommendation after going over information about the health risks of tobacco.

She says the goal of the ban is to protect the health of everyone on the campus.

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