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Kent State Smoking Ban Topic of Public Meetings

University holding first of many public meetings today on idea of banning smoking on campus

Kent State University administrators will hold the first of several public meetings today to talk about the idea of banning smoking completely on all eight campuses.

There are actually three meetings today on the Kent campus in the governance chamber in the Kent State Student Center at 10 a.m., 3 and 5:30 p.m.

Kent State formed a steering committee to examine a recommendation from the Ohio Board of Regents, issued last summer, suggesting all public universities and colleges in Ohio ban the use of tobacco products on their campuses.

The committee is expected to make recommendations for action based on the results of a campus survey, the public meetings and other input.

A majority of Kent Patch readers think the university should ban tobacco products.

Any such action to ban tobacco use likely wouldn't happen until possibly January of 2014 at the earliest.

The Kent campus will host two more public meetings, on Thursday, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the governance chamber to talk about the issue.

dude February 26, 2013 at 02:15 PM
I could care less if people smoke but they also throw cigarette butts everywhere and dirty up the campus. I say we either ban smoking or limit it to restricted areas.
Resident of Kent February 27, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Well, doesn't the Taxes gained from cigarette & tobacco sales go towards state educational expenses?!? I go to KSU, pay nearly $1500 per 3 credit course... have sunk nearly $48,000.00 into my education, and if I want to smoke while walking across campus and nip the cherry and stuff the butt in my pocket... then that's MY prerogative. Why don't they begin policing these student apartments that are turned to crap because of their partying and trashing of the grounds?
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! February 27, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Yes, all cigarette smokers put that stinky butt right into their pockets. That screams cool. You aren't paying to smoke cigarettes. You're paying to get a Kent State college education.
Barbara Myers February 27, 2013 at 10:35 PM
To KSU administrators: For crying out loud, quit the public meetings about a smoking ban--you'll never get unanimity about the subject--and just do it! It's a fact that smoking causes cancer in smokers and in people breathing the second-hand smoke. The UTexas System banned smoking on all its campuses, and there was no uproar. People do not have the right to do things which endanger others. If they want to smoke inside their homes and vehicles, let them do it. They'll be shortening their own lives, but that's their choice. Spare the rest of us!
Resident of Kent February 28, 2013 at 12:27 AM
@ Mars.. I thought you were "cool" but now I know differently. You sure are the bigoted sort who thinks on a one-way street.. I would tell you where that's heading- but you're so uber-smart, you wouldn't listen anyway.

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