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USD Students Getting Used To Smoking Ban

January 23, 2013, 5:47 AM by Kellee Azar

USD Students Getting Used To Smoking Ban
VERMILLION, SD -

Going smoke-free is a movement taking the nation by storm. Many restaurants, cities and even schools have decided to make the switch.  And a South Dakota university recently added itself to the list.

There are many mixed emotions when it comes to the USD campus being smoke-free. But it seems the student body is on board and for one main reason: keeping their campus as healthy as possible.

When walking around the campus you shouldn't find any cigarette butts around. That's because as of this month, the entire campus is smoke-free.

"I definitely thought it was a good idea.  You could smell it in the mornings and stuff when you would walk out and that's not too good but," student Schad Wilson said.

And many of the students agree it's a good move by the university to allow all students to stay healthy.

"I think it's a good thing, I don't think people should have to put up with smoke if they don't have to.  So I don't mind it," student Matt Nagel said.

"Just keeping a clean campus and letting everybody live happy," Wilson said.

The university isn't saying its students can't smoke, just that they can't smoke on campus. So Wilson says smokers are finding another place.

"They are definitely going across the street and that's nice too because smoke doesn't travel," Wilson said.

While it may be a pain for smokers, many students are happy with the decision, especially since it was one that was pushed by the student body.

"I don't smoke so I really didn't think much of it.  But I thought it was good for everyone else that doesn't smoke," Nagel said.

"Yeah definitely, because it's keeping it healthy and that's good," Wilson said.

USD has been smoke-free for less than a month and administrators say they haven't had any problems with students since the switch.

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