Smoking ban proposed for University System schools in Georgia

ThomasHopkins, an orthopedic surgeon serving on the University System of Georgia'sBoard of Regents, wants the university system's board of regents to consider hisproposal of banning smoking at the system's 31 schools early next year. The banwould apply to all students, staff and visitors.

There isalready a ban in place that prevents smoking in enclosed state owned, orleased, facilities. University system officials say Hopkins' proposal would bansmoking on all outdoor campus areas as well.