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Pittsburg State could soon ban tobacco

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For the past eight months, a tobacco task force has explored the feasibility of making Pittsburg State a tobacco free campus. 

"From that time, we interviewed students, faculty and community members on their perception and their opinion of the use of tobacco on our campus," said Health Services Director & Tobacco Task Force Co-Chair Rita Girth. 
 
After reviewing their findings the task force overwhelming supported a tobacco free option and presented the results to the president's council. 

"It's a growing trend and considered best practices by the American College Health Association."

According to American Non-Smokers Rights Foundation 12 college, or university, campuses in Kansas are tobacco free. 

Pittsburg State would be the first university in its region to ban tobacco. 

"I don't think it should be allowed on campus, because there is a lot of second-hand smoking and that affects not just the smoker, but everyone around the smoker," Makayla Kasten. 
 
"I want it clear all the way across the board if I have to quit on campus, I think the people that chew should have to quit too," said Rick Fox. 

The University's President Steve Scott made remarks on the ban at the beginning of the academic year.

"Upon review by the president's council and by me, there is clearly an interest in accepting this recommendation and moving forward with its implementation," said PSU President Steve Scott. 

Girth says, "I think one of the reasons it's important to really look at stronger tobacco policies on a university campus, is because the tobacco industries really target this age group."

 

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