Great news today: Both American University and George Washington University are going smokefree in 2013. American University also will go tobacco-free, meaning there will be no tobacco products on campus.
We could say “it’s about time,” but we’re just thrilled that the school administrators recognized the dangers of secondhand smoke and took action. Colleges throughout the country are ditching tobacco; 825 are smokefree, according to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights . Towson University went smokefree in 2010; the University of Maryland recently announced it would be smokefree in 2013. The University of the District of Columbia also is smokefree.
In March 2011, Smokefree DC wrote to all area colleges and urged them to go smokefree. We’re still waiting to hear from Catholic University, Howard University, Gallaudet University and Georgetown University. Hey administrators: When are you going smokefree?