Pennsylvania University System Snuffs Out All Smoking
October 11, 2008
Smoking at 14 of Pennsylvania's state-owned universities has been banned anywhere on campus, including outdoors. The action has sparked protests by some of the 110,000 students in the State System of Higher Education. The students received word of the ban by e-mail with virtually no advance notice, just one day before a new state law forbidding smoking in most workplaces and public spaces took effect.
After discussions with university presidents and system board members, Chancellor John Cavanaugh interpreted the law to extend beyond buildings at educational facilities to include all campus grounds such as courtyards, parking lots and athletic fields.
More than 130 colleges and universities across the country already have such policies.