How the university's tobacco ban came to be
TOBACCO BAN TIMELINE
Sept. 12 — OU President David Boren first announces his plans to implement a campuswide tobacco ban. Boren originally hoped for the ban to go into effect at the start of the spring 2012 semester.
Sept. 29 — Boren’s Tobacco Advisory Committee meets for the first time on campus. The committee was formed to help Boren craft the final ban recommendations submitted to the OU Board of Regents.
Nov. 10 — Members of the tobacco committee participate in an open forum in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Beaird Lounge. The forum was intended to gather student, faculty and staff input on the tobacco ban.
Jan. 17 — Boren’s final recommendations to the Regents are announced. Boren proposed a campuswide ban on all forms of tobacco, included two designated smoking areas on campus and implemented fines for repeated violations.
Jan. 25 — The regents unanimously adopt Boren’s recommendations at their meeting at the OU Health Sciences Center.
Feb. 6 — Gov. Mary Fallin signs an executive order banning tobacco use on properties owned, leased or contracted by the State of Oklahoma, overruling the recently adopted plan for designated campus smoking areas.
March 28, 29 — A new policy, which takes Fallin’s executive order into account, will be submitted to the OU Board of Regents at their meetings on the university’s Norman campus.
July 1 — The university's tobacco ban takes effect.