Smoking ban hits ISU's campus

By Alyssa Donovan

February 4, 2013 Updated Feb 4, 2013 at 11:46 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill.-- Following the trend of college campuses across the nation, Illinois State University is creating more smoke-free areas on campus.

"Before walking to class you'd constantly be smelling cigarette smoke there would be smoking everywhere outside all of the buildings. Now there is a big difference there's nobody. It's a big difference it's nice," said ISU student Katie St. John.

The new smoking ban at Illinois State University took affect at the beginning of this semester. Smoking is now prohibited on the quad, outside of the library and on walkways.

"I actually think it's quite reasonable they put a lot of places for us for smoking on campus," said student Kelly Kofsky. "I totally understand not wanting to get smoke in your face while walking around campus I totally think it's fair."

"This is part of a larger trend that a lot of universities are doing for health and safety reasons, partly campus beautification, cleanliness reasons, but really the concern for health issues," said Illinois State University Media Relations Director Eric Jome.

"I think it's an improvement, especially not only the smoke itself but the litter that comes from throwing down the butts," said Criminal Justice Professor Ralph Weisnit.

Weisnit says things have changed a lot in his 30 years teaching at Illinois State.

"When I came here people were smoking in their offices, completely different. It's much better I think," he said.

But not everyone thinks the change is good.

"As a person if you want to smoke that's your right," said student Christopher Jackson. "There's so much open space here that you smoking a cigarette wouldn't directly affect anyone in the vicinity unless they were sitting there and inhaling the smoke."

Not everyone thinks that it's working.

"I see people smoking on the quad still and no one is like 'hey, that's not allowed' like people still do it," said student Victoria Burg.

"The enforcement of this is really going to be based on cooperation and courtesy," said Jome.

Jome says that fines will be given on a complaint basis.

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