AN Irish university is set to go completely smoke and vape free this week.
University of Limerick’s entire campus will be designated smoke and vape free from Friday.
The university, which is home to almost 20,000 students, had originally introduced no smoking/vaping zones on campus last September.
UL President, Professor Desmond Fitzgerald said: “This is a major step towards a healthier campus. I hope it will help those who want to quit smoking and also help prevent incoming students from taking up the habit.
“As a former smoker, I know how addictive nicotine is and how tough it is to stop smoking. I’m sure current smokers will struggle with this, but I also know that they do not want to see others start and their sacrifice will save lives.”
The initiative includes support from UL’s student health centre who will refer students to the relevant HSE primary care provider.
Ashtrays are to be removed from bins and permanent signage advising students and visitors of the new policy is expected to be installed shortly.