Smokefree DC is a citizen-based group whose goal is to promote smokefree environments in Washington, DC.

Florida colleges go smokefree — outside

When I was in Florida over Christmas, I picked up the paper I used to write for many moons ago and saw an encouraging story: Florida Colleges Restrict On-Campus Smoking. It said that beginning next year, Florida Atlantic University will limit smoking to 20 spots on campus, with the goal of being totally smokefree within a year. Nova Southeastern University limits smoking to 12 spots, while the University of Miami will not allow smoking at all on its medical campus as of March.

The biggest news, though, is that starting in July, smoking won’t be permitted anywhere on the University of Florida campus. UF has come a long way since I attended. Back then (late 80s), I had a dorm roommate who decided to take up smoking because she thought it would make her appear more artsy. (I’m not joking; I asked her to smoke in the hall. And no, it didn’t make her more artsy.)

The schools say they are doing it not only to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke but also to help smokers quit.

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