Shortly after North­eastern Uni­ver­sity announced plans to be a smoke-​​free campus in the fall, school offi­cials clar­i­fied the policy, saying that stu­dents caught smoking would not be fined or pun­ished, but rather encour­aged to quit with the help of uni­ver­sity resources.

Terry Fulmer, dean of the Bouve Col­lege of Health Sci­ences at North­eastern, said Tuesday in a phone inter­view that the uni­ver­sity will follow a “public health model,” meaning it will pro­vide edu­ca­tion and sup­port to help smokers quit.

We believe that it will be self enforced, from stu­dent to stu­dent, peer to peer, that stu­dents will remind each other that the campus is smoke-​​free,” Fulmer said.

North­easter plans offer groups and free nico­tine patches to its com­mu­nity mem­bers, she said. In addi­tion, signs indi­cating the campus is smoke-​​free will be placed on campus.

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