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Smoking Ban Grows in Popularity Among U.S. Colleges

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Smoking Ban Grows in Popularity Among U.S. Colleges

By Raquel Lamal. CREATED Aug 26, 2014

 GREEN BAY, Wis.- More than 700 colleges are smoke free and most recently UW-Stevens Point, but here in Northeast Wisconsin that's not the case.

"Given the nature of our campus we are almost 700 acres, it would be difficult to enforce," said UW-Green Bay spokesperson, Kelly Moore.

UWGB, although not smoke free, does take an approach to smoking not only tobacco products but electronic cigarettes as well.

"No smoking is allowed withing 30 feet of any buildings or any of the facilities," said Moore.

That same rule is in place at UW-Oshkosh.  They say they've gone as far as to form a committee of staff and students to consider the issue.

"Every campus looks and addresses the issue in their own way and we leaned on this committee to investigate it," explained UWO spokesperson, Alexander Hummel.

The impacts of smoking are seen daily at hospitals and doctors believe colleges should help fight the problem.

"You know we think about universities, we think about post education an it's very important that they be leaders in thought and a focal point for societal change for cultural change," explained Prevea pulmonologist, Dr. Manar Alshahrouri.

It's a policy colleges say they are open to changing if they had enough student support behind the idea.