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Plans for college to go smoke-free questioned

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By Dan Mueller By Dan Mueller

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Southern Illinois University’s Edwardsville campus is to be smoke-free in a year, but some students don’t think that’s fair.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the campus’ student body president, Nasir Almasri of Chicago, doesn’t use tobacco products but thinks the state’s recent Smoke-Free Campus Act unfairly doesn’t take geography into account.

He says some smokers at colleges elsewhere may simply walk across a street to get off campus and light up. He says that’s not possible at 2,600-acre SIU that’s a good distance from the edge of the university’s property.

Almasri says the student government surveyed its fellow students, held open forums and listened to ideas. He says the feedback is that those who smoke and don’t like the idea of smoking areas rather than an all-out ban.

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