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

American University student collecting butts to make point

American University student Noah Jacobs isn’t giving up.

Intent on making the school’s smokefree areas mean something, Jacobs recently took a bag full of cigarette butts in to the president’s office to make his point.

He also delivered a letter calling for the school to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke.

The president wasn’t there, but Jacobs showed the butts to a receptionist. He caught the exchange on videotape.

All he wants — and this is eminently reasonable — is for the campus police to start enforcing the “no smoking” signs around building entrances. Right now, they are ignored. Jacobs caught that on tape too.

It’s ridiculous that students should have to beg the faculty to do something so basic and enforce a no-smoking area. In fact, AU should go one step beyond, and really protect all nonsmokers by making the whole campus smokefree.

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