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Published January 08, 2010, 01:27 PM

Lake Region State College Goes Tobacco-Free

Ashtrays and designated smoking areas will soon be a thing of the past at Lake Region State College. The school is going tobacco free.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

Ashtrays and designated smoking areas will soon be a thing of the past at Lake Region State College. The school is going tobacco free. It goes into effect on Monday, January 11, which is also the first day of the spring semester. It now joins schools like UND and Minot State University as a tobacco free school.

Building entrances used to be popular smoking areas at Lake Region State College. But now the no smoking signs and cigarette disposal containers will soon go up in smoke, as the school's changing its policy from smoke-free to tobacco-free.

Dr. Mike Bower/LRSC President: "Everybody's pleased about it, so good health is good for everybody."

Students used to be able to smoke out outside as long as they were 20 feet away from any of the entrances, but that will no longer be allowed.

Sarah Song/Student: "During breaks we open the door and someone's smoking outside. To us nonsmokers we don't like the smell."

Song says she and other students on the student senate had a tobacco-free committee, and they talked to other students about going tobacco-free.

Sarah Song: "Most of the students like me, we really want a tobacco-free campus."

WDAZ talked with some students who use tobacco. They say the policy discriminates against tobacco users who live on campus. President Mike Bower says only a small number of students use tobacco, and so far the policy has been well-received.

Dr. Mike Bower: "I think individually, individuals have looked at their concern for their personal health and those of others so it's been a minimum amount."

There may be some exceptions made to the policy for ceremonial use of tobacco. But these exceptions need to be approved in advance.

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