Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Miami University bans smoking in dormitories

Cuts fire risk; protects nonsmokers

By The Associated Press

        OXFORD - Miami University, which begins classes today for the fall semester, has banned smoking in campus residence halls for the new academic year.

        Smoking is now not allowed in — or within 25 feet of — the campus dormitories, said Karen Murray, Miami's director of health education.

        She said she hasn't heard any complaints about the new policy, and it hasn't seemed to affect the demand for on-campus housing.

        Previously, Miami students were allowed to smoke in their dorm rooms if roommates agreed to permit it. The ban is intended to reduce the risk of fire and to protect nonsmokers from the health hazards posed by inhaling others' tobacco smoke, Ms. Murray said.

        “It was the right thing to start moving towards from the health perspective,” she said.

        Randy Edwards, a spokesman for the Ohio Board of Regents, said Monday he had no information on how many other public universities in Ohio have banned smoking in residence halls.


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