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Continued: University of Minnesota is set to ban smoking campus-wide

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 6, 2013 - 11:30 PM

That report notes that eight out of 10 university students surveyed in December 2010 reported being exposed to secondhand smoke on campus, a Boynton survey found.

“It’s not just an annoyance,” Schlapper said. “When you smell it, you’ve just ingested a Class-A carcinogen.”

Senior Alatheia Yantz sees both sides. Walking on campus sidewalks, Yantz has regularly gotten stuck behind a smoker.

“Especially on some of those hot summer days, you can’t escape it sometimes,” she said. Yantz is sensitive to smoke and likes the idea of a ban for health reasons. But her roommate smokes, so she’s reluctant to infringe on her and other students’ rights.

Forcing smokers to leave campus to light up “would be a huge inconvenience, especially with the weather being as it is,” she said. “It’s kind of a conundrum.”

 

Jenna Ross • 612-673-7168

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