Clemson trustees won't vote on tobacco ban

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - The chairman of Clemson University's board of trustees says the panel won't vote on a plan to ban tobacco use anywhere on campus.

The State newspaper reported Chairman David Wilkins says the administration, not the board, will handle the plan.

Several trustees said during a committee meeting Thursday they thought the tobacco ban question should go to the board rather than being handled by the president and his staff. But Wilkins said Friday that wouldn't happen.

Clemson now bans smoking in its buildings. The new rule would extend the ban to outdoor areas and add smokeless tobacco to the indoor ban.

The subject was mentioned at Friday's meeting but only in reference to a report that was given by a university task force that's working to formulate the policy.