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Stanford University ending tobacco sales

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Stanford University is eliminating sales of cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes starting next month.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/MTHqYg ) vendors who operate convenience stores at the Valero gas station and Tresidder Union have agreed to the university's request to phase out all tobacco sales.

Susan Weinstein, assistant vice president for business development, who oversees the vendors, says administrators have been considering the new rules for months.

The newspaper says the move builds on Stanford's “smoke-free environment policy,” which prohibits smoking in classrooms, offices, enclosed buildings and facilities. Smoking is permitted outdoors, except during organized or athletic events, and is limited to areas more than 30 feet from buildings.

The Stanford School of Medicine has been a smoke-free zone since 2007.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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