WBUR’s Martha Bebinger reports that starting this fall, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will join a growing number of col­lege cam­puses that are smoke-​​free, both inside and out.

North­eastern Dean of Health Sci­ences Terry Fulmer says going smoke-​​free will save student’s lives.

If you smoke when you’re younger, you’re more likely to be addicted for life,” Fulmer said. “So now is our oppor­tu­nity to help them not get in a habit that will poten­tially be fatal.”

North­eastern will use peer pres­sure and a campus edu­ca­tion cam­paign — as opposed to penal­ties — to enforce the new policy. There’s a free smoking ces­sa­tion pro­gram for stu­dents and most fac­ulty and staff can enroll through their insur­ance plan. Dean Fulmer says she does expect the ban on smoking to affect admissions.

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