UPDATE: Ole Miss to strictly enforce tobacco use policy

OXFORD – The University of Mississippi says it intends to more strictly enforce rules that limit tobacco use to designated outdoor areas of campus.

The policy, adopted nearly two years ago, is designed to protect the health of all students, employees and visitors and maintain the appearance of the campus.

The school said that starting Wednesday, campus police will hand out warning cards to people they observe using tobacco products outside the designated areas. The cards list campus and state Department of Health resources for those who want to quit smoking.

The school also said that after a couple of weeks, officers will begin writing tickets for violations of the policy that carry a $25 fine.

The Associated Press