Cleveland State extending smoking ban to entire campus in downtown Cleveland

Smoking ban starts September 2013

CLEVELAND - Cleveland State University will soon be added to the list of Ohio public colleges and universities that don't allow the use of tobacco on campus.

University trustees just approved the policy, which starts in September 2013.

Banning smoking inside buildings like those at Cleveland State caused a side effect: more people smoking outside. That meant smoke would billow back inside buildings. This issue is leading to a new smoking ban.

"And the smoke infiltrates all the way into the buildings to the third and fourth floor in some areas," said CSU student Kristina Ritely.

More than 17,000 students attend CSU. It's estimated more than 4,000 of them smoke.

Enforcing the smoking ban campus wide could be complicated in a this setting, where streets and sidewalks run through the middle of campus.

"We don't want to tell people what not to do, but we want to promote a healthy lifestyle," said CSU spokesperson Joe Mosbrook.

"What we're looking to do now, is to find what the parameters of the campus are for the smoking policy and look at other best practices from other universities and the Cleveland Clinic and places like that to see how they do it," Mosbrook said.

Some students said they believe the no smoking message will focus on students and staff because it would be hard to enforce it on people walking by.

"Well, seeing how it's close to the Cleveland Clinic and the Clinic's a non smoking campus and that Healthline and everything, it makes sense, but i think it's going to be hard to monitor," said CSU student Joe Bova.

"The campus is downtown and trying to ban a section of downtown for smoking is going to be tricky," said CSU student Chris Demarco.

Outdoor designated smoking huts will be considered.

"I think if they put a small smoking area in more than one place, it's a pretty big campus, then the people would be able to use that and respect the new rules. It would just take some adjustment," said CSU student Natasha Anderson.

Programs to help people quit smoking will be offered to students, faculty and staff, Mosbrook said.

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