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No Smoking on WCC Campus: The Right Choice?

Westchester Community College cracks down on smoking this month, following in others' footsteps.

Smokers in the Hudson Valley have seen available spots to light up diminish in past months.

Recently, cigarettes were banned on train platforms for Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road customers. Commuters who brush off the moratorium can face ejection, a $50 fine and/or imprisonment of not more than 30 days.

In Rockland County, the Palisades Center issued a crackdown on cigarettes in May.

Now another spot if off-limits: the sprawling Westchester Community College campus in Valhalla. The policy went into effect at the start of 2012 as a voluntary ban, but did not see enforcement until this September.

"Whereas the previous policy prohibited smoking in specific areas, this policy promotes a healthy environment by eliminating any form of tobacco use anywhere on campus," the school notes on its website.

The new rules apply to students, faculty and staff. Officials say they aim for voluntary compliance, but smoking can sometimes result in "disciplinary actions."

Rockland Community College in Suffern is currently smoke-free, as well.

john davidson October 01, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Heres a time line starting in 1900,dont be surprised to see the same thing playing out today nearly 100 years later. 1901: REGULATION: Strong anti-cigarette activity in 43 of the 45 states. "Only Wyoming and Louisiana had paid no attention to the cigarette controversy, while the other forty-three states either already had anti-cigarette laws on the books or were considering new or tougher anti-cigarette laws, or were the scenes of heavy anti- cigarette activity" (Dillow, 1981:10). 1904: New York: A judge sends a woman is sent to jail for 30 days for smoking in front of her children. 1904: New York City. A woman is arrested for smoking a cigarette in an automobile. "You can't do that on Fifth Avenue," the arresting officer says. 1907: Business owners are refusing to hire smokers. On August 8, the New York Times writes: "Business ... is doing what all the anti-cigarette specialists could not do." 1917: SMOKEFREE: Tobacco control laws have fallen, including smoking bans in numerous cities, and the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Idaho and Tennessee. 1937: hitler institutes laws against smoking.

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