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PA State University System Snuffs Out All Smoking

on September 16, 2008 9:25 AM
The chancellor of Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities has expanded the state's new indoor smoking ban and barred students, employees and visitors from lighting up anywhere on campus - even outdoors.

The action has sparked protests around the state by students in the State System of Higher Education.

Students received word of the ban by e-mail late Wednesday - a day before a new state law forbidding smoking in most workplaces and public spaces took effect.

Chancellor John Cavanaugh says he interprets the law to extend beyond buildings at educational facilities to include all campus grounds, such as courtyards, parking lots and athletic fields.

About 60 Clarion University students held a peaceful protest against the policy Monday. Similar events were held Thursday at Shippensburg and Kutztown universities.

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