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Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 01/18/2011

College smoking policies vary

By Jenna Johnson
Jenna Johnson

Smokers at Towson University are very cold right now. Instead of slipping outside in between classes for a cigarette, smokers must now venture all the way off campus for a smoke, thanks to a campus-wide smoking ban.

Towson's strict ban went into effect Aug. 1, and is one of the strictest in the region. But a growing number of colleges are following suit and forbidding smoking altogether. I wrote an article about the smoking ban for Monday's newspaper. I also took a look at how colleges in the region approach balancing the rights of smokers and nonsmokers in the great outdoors.

At the request of a few readers, I am compiling a list of college smoking policies. (Shoot me an e-mail to add your campus.)

Iowa Public Colleges and Universities
The state's 2008 Smokefree Air Act prohibits smoking in almost all public places and many outdoor areas, including school grounds. The law went into effect July 1, 2008, and last spring a judge upheld its constitutionality. (Smokefree Air Web site)

North Carolina State University
"Smoking is prohibited within 25 linear feet of all university buildings." There are a few exceptions, like medical or scientific research involving smoking. (Policy)

University of Mary Washington
"Smoking is not permitted within 50 feet of any residential buildings. Smoking is permitted outside university buildings where there are designated ashtrays." (Policy)

Montgomery College
Tobacco use is prohibited on campus and all property leased by the college, including parking lots. (FAQ)

Trinity Washington University
Smoking is banned inside and adjacent to all buildings. Smoking is only allowed in designated locations, far from buildings. Additionally, "no smoking is permitted on the steps of any building, or near any windows where the smoke may enter a building." (Policy)

Howard University
"Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings and residence halls."

University of the District of Columbia
"Lit tobacco product or other illegal tobacco type substance" is not allowed "anywhere inside a university building."

Bowie State University
Smoking is prohibited in all university buildings. Residence hall rooms may be designated smoking permitted when both residents are smokers. (Policy)

University of Maryland, College Park
Smoking is prohibited in indoor locations and within 15 feet of any building entrance, air intake duct or window. (Policy)

George Washington University
Smoking is prohibited in all buildings and parking garages.

Gallaudet University
Smoking is permitted on the campus grounds in areas designated as smoking-permitted and where receptacles are placed.

American University
Smoking is permitted outside university buildings, except entrances to residence halls. Smoking is prohibited in all buildings, including garages. (Policy)

University of Virginia
Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of all entries, outdoor air intakes and operable windows, or any other areas that would affect those entering or working inside a building. Smoking is permitted in family and faculty/staff housing units.

Virginia Tech
Smoking allowed 25 feet away from all facilities, including parking garages.

Georgetown University
Smoking only allowed in designated outdoor areas, at a distance from buildings under certain criteria. (Policy)

St. Mary's College of Maryland
Bans smoking in all buildings, but allows it outside. (Policy)

George Mason University
No smoking inside buildings.

Washington and Lee University
Smokers are asked to refrain from smoking near entrance ways, open windows or air intakes, or in other outdoor areas where environmental smoke is not rapidly dispersed.

The College of William and Mary
Smoking is permitted outdoors, except for athletic venues.

Johns Hopkins University
Smoking is permitted outside, but only if it is done far enough away that the smoke does not filter into the buildings.

Again, you can help add to this list by telling me about your campus policy in the comments or sending me an e-mail.

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By Jenna Johnson  | January 18, 2011; 10:29 AM ET
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