UNR president expects smoke-free campus by 2015

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Updated: 1/22/2014 1:15 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The University of Nevada's president has joined a push by a growing number of faculty and students to make the Reno campus smoke- and tobacco-free in one of only five states that currently have no such ban at any of their colleges or universities.

UNR President Marc Johnson originally hoped to formally ban all tobacco products as well as electronic cigarettes by September but now expects the prohibition to be implemented in August 2015.

The Graduate Student Association and the Faculty Senate have endorsed the idea, but it has yet to go before the Associated Students of the University of Nevada representing undergraduates.

ASUN president Ziad Rashdan told the Reno Gazette-Journal he supports the tobacco-free initiative. He expects senators representing the undergraduates to vote on a resolution by March.

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taxpaying mom - 1/22/2014 5:36 PM
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Just one more reason not to go to UNR.

Josie - 1/22/2014 3:41 PM
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I work at UNR and am constantly forced to breathe second hand smoke - smokers are on the steps, around the doors, lining the sidewalks, taking up the benches around campus. I am not bothering anyone - why am I the one who has to risk my health to do my job? It should not take years to do something about this issue and protect the majority of us who want nothing but a little clean air. No one would condone open smoking on a high school campus, but a few months later, the same young people have no choice but to suck in the smoke if they want an education at UNR.

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