Carroll College implements tobacco-free policy - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Carroll College implements tobacco-free policy

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Carroll College has officially gone tobacco-free.

Before a tobacco ban went into effect last month, smokers were only required to be at least 20 feet away from a building.

Now, all tobacco products - including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars, and e-cigs - are prohibited on campus.

The college posted 29 signs around campus to get the word out to faculty, students, and visitors.

Ayla Carpenter, a freshman from Washington who plays volleyball, is excited to begin her college career on a smoke-free campus.

"Because it's more healthier for athletes, especially breathing in cleaner air," said Carpenter. 

Carpenter hopes the new rules will help students curb their addictions.

"They're not going to want to smoke now because they can't, they're going to have to go really far to. So it'll help people stop smoking as well," said Carpenter.

With this step, Carroll joins more 1,000 colleges and universities across America.

The University of Montana went tobacco free in 2011 and Montana State University followed suite in 2012.

Previously, the only restriction Carroll had on tobacco use was requiring smokers to be at least 20 feet away from a building.

Vice President of Student Life Dr. Jim Hardwick says he's received nothing but positive feedback.

"Received a lot of emails from employees as well as students being excited that we were finally becoming a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus," said Hardwick. 

The new initiative also prohibits tobacco use during events on campus such as Symphony Under The Stars.

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