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VALHALLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Westchester Community College will ban tobacco on its campus starting in January.
WCC spokesman Patrick Hennessy says secondhand smoke is the primary issue. He says “many, many students” have complained about it.
The Journal News says it appears the Valhalla school will be the first college in Westchester County to prohibit tobacco in all forms on campus.
Hennessy acknowledges there might be initial resistance. Students will be given a semester to adjust. After that, violators could face disciplinary action, fines, or limited access to campus.
Two colleges in neighboring Rockland County already have bans in effect.
According to a report from the American Cancer Society, 17 percent of college campuses in the state have adopted smoke-free or tobacco-free policies. Another 23 percent have plans to adopt them.
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