- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - San Juan College is phasing out its few remaining smoking areas as it moves toward becoming a completely tobacco-free campus by 2020.

The Daily Times reports (https://bit.ly/1KLklkp) the college has been tightening rules since April 2013, when lawmakers dedicated a memorial and asked educators to push for policies that reduce on-campus smoking.

Vice president for student services Dave Eppich says health and trash are both concerns when it comes to tobacco use. A task force with members including students and nursing program staff has been compiling best practices from across the country to implement the policy change.

The campus’s seven smoking areas will be eliminated gradually. The process will be reviewed annually and could be accelerated.

Plans for enforcement will be finalized this summer and could include tickets or fines.

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Information from: The Daily Times, https://www.daily-times.com


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