Westwood : Student Stores Ban Tobacco

Associated Students UCLA (ASUCLA) has banned the sale of cigarettes and tobacco-related products at the ASUCLA Students' Store, effective this week.

The nonprofit organization, which operates four student union buildings, four store locations and 12 restaurants on the UCLA campus, has also prohibited smoking in all its indoor facilities after March 24, the last day of spring quarter final exams.

According to April Smith, a graduate member of the ASUCLA board of directors, "Banning the sale of tobacco products makes a strong statement about the association's policy of conducting business with a conscience. We're saying that it is inappropriate to profit from a product that contributes to disease and causes thousands of unnecessary deaths every year."

The organization estimated that the ban would cost it $87,000 a year in revenue from cigarette sales.

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