HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College is going smoke-free starting March 18, banning tobacco products on all college property and also public sidewalks near buildings.

The new policy will prohibit the use of tobacco or nicotine products by students, staff, faculty or visitors on any property owned, operated or occupied by the Ivy League college in Hanover. That includes all indoor and outdoor public and private spaces, fraternities and sororities, parking lots and Dartmouth-owned vehicles, along with any public streets or sidewalks within 20 feet of a Dartmouth building

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Products such as patches and gum that are used for smoking cessation will be allowed, and exceptions may be granted for religious or cultural observances.

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The college is offering numerous tobacco-cessation programs and resources, officials said.

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