GALVESTON Texas A&M University at Galveston implemented a policy Tuesday that greatly restricts where students, staff, faculty and visitors can light up tobacco.

The university, with about 2,000 students and 423 faculty and staff members, has long banned smoking and other tobacco use indoors. But such bans typically lead smokers to cluster in outside areas near building entryways used often by the general public.

The rule bans smoking in areas immediately next to buildings, on sidewalks and in parking lots and also extends nonsmoking areas to include attached parking structures immediately next to classrooms, residence halls and residential areas, as well as athletic facilities.

The rule also applies to vehicles owned or rented by the university.

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