Florida State College trustees OK smoke-free campus

Smoking ban goes into effect in one year

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Florida State College at Jacksonville's board of trustees didn't spend much time at all debating the non-smoking issue Tuesday afternoon. Once the campus wide ban on smoking was brought to the table, the group passed it without opposition, making the college the first major college in Jacksonville with such a ban.

Florida State College worked with members of the board of trustees, faculty and the student government to write up the ban and come up with a plan for how soon they could reasonably put it into place. After today's vote it was decided that the ban would go into effect March 1, 2013.

Students are taking the news of today's vote with mixed reviews.

"This is a school, we shouldn't have smoking in schools. You come here to make yourself a better person and cigarettes aren't good for us," said Florida State College student Kasea Matthews.

"I think it is good for promoting, getting people to stop smoking, but at the same time, I think people are going to do what they are going to do regardless," said student Jaron McDonald.

The ban goes for all Florida State College campuses both indoors and outdoors and all school sponsored off campus events.

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