Colleges move towards absolute bans on smoking

As a political science major at Ohio State University in the United States, Ida Seitter says, she lit up many a cigarette to help her through the stress of exam season. Right or wrong, they were her security blanket as she toiled through college, writes Julie Carr Smyth for Associated Press.

Seitter, now 26, was old enough by then to make her own decisions, she says. She opposes efforts by policy-makers in Ohio, New York, California and other states to impose bans on tobacco use not just in buildings at public colleges, but also anywhere on the campus – even in the open air. Bans on use, advertising and sales of tobacco in all its forms are being enacted or considered at perhaps half of all campuses nationwide, sometimes over the objections of student smokers, staff and faculty.
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