That Cigarette's Banned on Campus

Itching for a smoke break between classes? If you attend a CUNY school, you're going to need to get totally off campus.

Itching for a smoke break between classes? If you attend one of 23 City University of New York campuses, you're going to need to get completely off campus. At least, that's what a vote last night by the CUNY Board of Trustees decided. The CUNY system joins 420 other campuses nationwide that ban puffing on tobacco anywhere on school property.

The vote was considered a mere formality since the university made its views on smoking, and its responsibility to its students' health, clear last summer in an open letter on the school's website. CUNY just opened a new school of public health focused on the "prevention of chronic diseases and reducing health inequities." Given that, the school feels they have "an opportunity—and a responsibility—to set new standards for healthy universities."

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