Monday, August 26, 2013 at 5:32 PM
Students heading to Cleveland State University for the start of fall classes are being greeted with a new campus-wide ban on smoking - even outside and in personal vehicles.
The policy comes after Ohio Board of Regents recommended last summer that all of the state’s universities become tobacco free.
CSU spokesman Joe Mosbrook says the idea is to encourage a healthy lifestyle among faculty and students. But he admits it may be difficult to enforce.
“We don’t have smoking police walking around campus handing out tickets, looking for violators,” he says. “We’re going to treat this probably the same as if somebody were to smoke inside. They’d be asked to take it outside kind of thing and if there were repeat violations then we would handle those situations on a case by case basis.”
Mosbrook says the university wants to create a smok-free culture and school officials can’t control or monitor behavior on public sidewalks that border parts of the campus.
CSU is one of a handful of Ohio universities implementing some form of a no-smoking policy over the next six months.
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