North­eastern Uni­ver­sity announced Monday that its campus will go com­pletely smoke-​​free begin­ning fall 2013 in an effort to improve campus-​​wide health, making it one of the first large Boston col­leges to do so.

The deci­sion came after months of research, dis­cus­sion, and polling done by a 10-​​person com­mittee made up of both fac­ulty and stu­dents, and was moti­vated by an effort to improve overall health for smokers and non-​​smokers alike. Terry Fulmer, dean of the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences at North­eastern and chair of the smoking policy com­mittee, says the ruling comes down to valuing public health. “Nearly half a mil­lion people die from cigarette-​​related, smoke-​​related dis­eases or dis­or­ders every year,” she explains. “It’s a really cru­cial public health issue, and we really need to do every­thing we can to help, par­tic­u­larly young indi­vid­uals, figure a smoke-​​free future.”

Details about the exact policy—including how it will be enforced and what the con­se­quences for those caught smoking will be, worthy ques­tions con­sid­ering the size of Northeastern’s campus and stu­dent body—have yet to be final­ized, but an email sent to the stu­dent body Monday says the school is at work devel­oping “an imple­men­ta­tion plan that will include edu­ca­tion efforts, and an aware­ness cam­paign around smoking ces­sa­tion resources.”

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