Student survey results favor non-smoking policy for WSU Vancouver campus

Results of a recent campus-wide survey to collect student perspectives about smoking on the Washington State University Vancouver campus have been tabulated. Of more than 1,000 students who participated in the survey, 70 percent favored a ban on smoking.

The survey was conducted by the campus smoking committee, a group of students, student leaders and Nancy Youlden, vice chancellor for student affairs. The committee was created earlier this fall by ASWSUV President Daniel Nguyen and Vice President Aaron Bruckner in response to a request from Chancellor Mel Netzhammer for ASWSUV to determine student sentiment on the subject.

Nguyen, a senior majoring in biology and psychology, said the survey collected more than 200 written comments. Although survey-takers favored a non-smoking policy, Nguyen said input indicated many people also favor designated smoking areas on campus.

Nguyen said the committee is analyzing the data thoroughly. The survey results will inform the recommendation that he and the campus smoking committee will make to Chancellor Netzhammer and his cabinet sometime next semester. He expects a decision regarding the subject will be made before spring break.

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