ORLANDO, Fla. -

UCF will be joining 640 other educational institutions when it becomes a smoke free campus next month.

Plans for the policy change originated last year when UCF President John Hitt announced at the State of the University address, “Out of concern for the health and safety of our campus, we are moving to make UCF’s campuses smoke-free.”

The ban includes all UCF owned property. This includes all open spaces, patios, parking lots and streets. The policy even prohibits smoking in private vehicles while on campus. There will be no designated smoking areas.

The school acknowledges there will be no fines or other penalties for those who do not comply. Students who encounter someone smoking are encouraged to simply explain the policy and politely ask them to refrain.

The policy is in collaboration with the American College Health Association, an advocacy group committed to student health causes. Counseling is available on campus for students who want to quit.

According to the UCF website an official date is set for August 20.