CFCC is now smoke-free

Reported by Laura Sinacori - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Cape Fear Community College is officially smoke-free.

Administrators decided to prohibit smoking on campus in effort to create a healthier environment and help the campus look cleaner.

Despite the positive effects, the campus wide smoking ban has some students burning up.

"I pay the same amount as everyone else," said student Laura Goodwin in a previous report.  "I should be able to smoke here as long as I put it in the correct container."

Another student views the policy as a positive change for the campus.

"I have friends that have cancer from second-hand smoke," said Shane Potrafka, CFCC student.  "I just don't want to walk through it.  It stinks.  It's repulsive."

"I think it is great," said @gr8colours on Twitter.  "If the kids want to smoke, they can in the car. Don't expose my children to the smoke outside the door."

According to the CFCC web site, the college is 18 out of 58 community colleges in the state to become smoke-free.

In May, legislators approved a measure to ban lighting up in all enclosed restaurants and bars.  More than 30 states have already passed similar restrictions.

Supporters say secondhand smoke is a preventable health risk. Opponents argued a ban violates the right of business owners to choose whether to allow smoking.

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