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SCCC goes smoke free September 1st


SCHENECTADY, N.Y. --  Smokers at Schenectady County Community College are going to have to go someplace else to smoke their cigarettes as the college becomes a smoke free environment beginning September 1st.

The college's board of trustees voted in May to join the Tobacco Free Coalition, and it's a decision that has students picking sides.

"Whether you're a smoker or non, we care about your health," said Vice President of Student Affairs Martha Asselin. "It's saying the college is promoting a healthy environment that is tobacco free."

That means starting this fall semester, students won't be able to smoke or chew tobacco anywhere on campus property -- including the parking lots.

While some support the new push saying it's a good idea, others say it's encroaching on their freedom.

It's Christopher Peeples first year at school, and he says he wishes there was some type of compromise.

"Have designated areas where you can smoke, maybe a bench, put an ash tray next to it so there won't be cigarette butts all around," said Peeples.

But the school says it had the student government survey the student body, and the response was supportive.

"Today's student expects that they're being raised in an environment where you're not smoking any more in restaurants, so they're getting use to these expectations," said Asselin.



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