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University denies it plans for a smoke-free campus

Joe Hettler | Thursday, September 25, 2003

Smokers across campus can breathe a sigh of relief.

According to Trudy Diamond, personal assistant to associate vice president for residence life Bill Kirk, the school does not have a smoke-free campus in its future plans, despite any indications of such a change in duLac.

duLac states that students are permitted to smoke anywhere on campus, but not inside any campus building. It also says students may smoke in their dorm rooms if all members of the room agree.

Diamond also said that, while duLac can be interpreted to lead people to believe that the campus could be smoke-free in the near future, those inferences would be unwarranted and incorrect.

Only 5.9 percent of students smoke three or more times a week at Notre Dame, which is significantly less than the national average of 24 percent at universities, according to the Office of Drug and Alcohol Education.