UNK May Soon Ban Tobacco Products on Campus


Smoking could soon be banned at the University of Nebraska- Kearney. Wednesday and Thursday, every student at the college will receive an email asking if they want a tobacco free campus.

The peer health education group will take the results and present them to the chancellor. They hope he will make a decision by the end of the semester.

"It's really about the well-being about our campus, not only those around the smoker or the person using tobacco, also the tobacco users themselves," said Samantha Mitchell.

Smokers on campus know tobacco is harmful, but it's their own choice if they want to smoke or not.

"Students are going through college and it's already hard enough, to put nicotine withdrawal on that, I think it'd be extremely difficult," said Randi Putera.

A random student survey from the spring of 2012 showed 73 percent of students supported going tobacco free on campus.