Lighting up on the College of Charleston campus is against the rules as of Tuesday.

The college's board approved a policy in October banning the use of tobacco products in all college-owned or leased buildings and on all college-owned or leased land. Smoking will be permitted in personal vehicles parked or being driven on college-owned or leased property, provided the windows and doors are closed.

Signs are posted around the school alerting the community about the new rules, which apply to all forms of tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco. It also applies to electronic cigarettes, which contain nicotine.

The policy doesn't apply to public streets and sidewalks within the downtown campus.

Students and employees who violate the policy will be disciplined. Visitors will be asked to leave campus.

Brenda Rindge