Coastal Carolina to go tobacco-free by fall 2014

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Coastal Carolina University has a New Year's resolution for 2014: a tobacco-free campus by next fall.

The school will start working in January with students and staff to help them quit smoking.

The university's board of trustees approved the move earlier in December. Tobacco-free means no more cigarettes or smoke-related products, including cigars and chewing tobacco.

CCU associate vice president for communications Bill Plate says electronic cigarettes also will be prohibited.

He says CCU will create a team to launch a "Live Well at CCU" campaign that will include the tobacco-free initiative. The team will create a website listing the available resources students and staff can use to stop smoking.

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