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

Campaign to curb secondhand smoke outside AU buildings gains momentum

Noah Jacobs, an American University grad student who produced a film about the lack of clarity and enforcement of the school’s rules prohibiting smoking outside buildings, is making progress.

An Oct. 11 story in the Eagle, AU’s student newspaper, notes that more specific signs have been posted in some spots — and that students have abided by them.

In addition, a new policy has been drafted that would make the 25-feet outside all building entrances smokefree. It’s unclear when the higher-ups will take it up.

In the meantime, here’s what Director of University Center Operations Scott Jones has to say:

“With the new signs, as we approach folks, there’s a much more respectful response,” Jones said. “We’ve seen less [smoking] overall.”

Here’s hoping students will continue to pressure the faculty to enact this sensible policy — and quickly.

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