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Colleges Move To Ban Smoking On Campus

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Colleges across the country are attempting to snuff out smokers by forbidding the habit on school grounds.

According to Time, 365 campuses had instituted some form of smoking ban as of December -- and more are following suit.

The University of Maine will institute a smoke-free policy early next year; the University of Kentucky eliminated smoking last November. A committee at Vassar has advised the school to reduce the number of areas in which to smoke on campus.

But cigarette restrictions at some schools aren't going as well as planned. Ohio State University three years ago passed a smoking policy that prohibits lighting up within 25 feet of a school building, but many students attest that it is weakly enforced. Time confirms that the restrictions and bans are difficult to carry through:

One big problem with a total ban is enforcing it. Take the University of Iowa. In July 2008, the school went smoke-free in accordance with the Iowa Smokefree Air Act, violations of which can result in a $50 fine. But so far, the university has ticketed only about 25 offenders. "Our campus is about 1,800 acres, so to think that we could keep track of who is smoking on campus at any given time isn't really feasible," says Joni Troester, director of the university's campus wellness program.

And not surprisingly, students on many of these campuses are speaking out for their civil liberties.

The Ohio State Lantern called a proposed ban a "petty crusade against bad habits"; a columnist for Vassar's paper compared banning smoking to banning meat.

Has your campus considered a smoking ban? How have students reacted?


WATCH: Ohio State University President Gordon Gee talks to The Lantern about the school's smoking policy.