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Md. College Campus Enforces Smoking Ban

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Towson University is the first public four-year college in Maryland to go entirely smoke-free.
Cathy Duchamp
Towson University is the first public four-year college in Maryland to go entirely smoke-free.

By Cathy Duchamp

Students are returning to college campuses across the region this week. But at Towson University north of Baltimore, there’s something different in the air. Students are no longer allowed to smoke anywhere on campus.

Towson is the first public four-year college in Maryland to ban smoking campus wide. Sophomore Erica Walls says the old policy of buffer zones around buildings just didn’t work.

"Because right outside this building there would be a lot of smoke and so every time you just walk in, you just walk through this puff of smoke," says Walls.

The campus ban comes after three years of discussion and debate among students, staff and faculty. There’s still resistance, even from non-smokers like Dana Rodgers.

"I do think they should have a designated area where you can smoke because I think it does take away from their freedom. A lot of people on this campus do smoke," says Rodgers.

But now, if students smoke on campus, they could face a $75 fine.


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