MSU's University Council has voted unanimously to endorse the idea of making the Bozeman campus tobacco-free.

University President Waded Cruzado praised the students who brought the proposal to the deans, department heads, employee representatives and vice presidents who serve on the council.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the proposal, which was endorsed Wednesday, won't take effect immediately, and smokers will still be allowed to light up outside campus buildings for now.

Amanda Diehl, former student vice president, says the plan is to draft a tobacco-free policy over the summer and approve it this fall. The campus then would spend a year educating students and employees before it takes effect.

The Student Senate this year put the issue on a ballot, and students voted 61 percent in favor of the tobacco-free idea.

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