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September 2010

Western Declared a 24/7 Tobacco-Free Campus


Western Oklahoma State College will be 24/7 tobacco free as of Aug. 1, 2010. This is the beginning of a new movement on campus to promote a healthier campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Prompted by a Student Senate recommendation, the ban on tobacco is part of a new “Breathe Easy” campaign.

Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Cigarette butt receptacles are in the process of being removed, as well as any signs that refer to "smoking in designated areas” on Western’s campus. All properties and facilities owned by the college will fall under the new tobacco free policy.

“Western Oklahoma State College is pleased to join the ranks of the many colleges, universities and state agencies that are tobacco free. Our student senate expressed their support of a tobacco free learning environment and our Board of Regents and administration are fully supportive of our student's desire to study and interact in a tobacco free climate,” president of WOSC, Dr. Phil Birdine, said. “Our students are to be commended for taking the initiative in this matter and our faculty and staff are to be commended for their willingness to make Western as healthy a learning environment as possible.”

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