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Morgantown Resident: I Didn't Sign Up To Become The University's Ashtray
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on August 22, 2013 @ 9:29AM
Created on August 21, 2013 @ 5:54PM

As students at West Virginia University continue to adjust to life on campus there's a policy that's now in place that many are getting used to for the first time.

Over the summer a new smoking ban went into effect. It prohibits the use of tobacco anywhere on campus. There are plenty of signs all over the campus letting everyone know about the change. 

"All of our buildings have been smoke free for a number of years," Corey Farris, WVU Dean of Students, said. "Now we've expanded it to be no smoking on the rest of campus inside and outside."

5 News was able to find a handful of cigarettes, and a few people smoking cigarettes on campus on Wednesday, but Farris said so far it's been a smooth transition.

"We've been doing a lot of educating of students and faculty because it is a new policy," he said.

However, if you take a couple of steps off of the Evansdale Campus the residents take exception to that.

"I think everyone in this neighborhood has been talking about it," Sara Zerge, an Evansdale resident, said. "The stench is extreme."

Zerge lives right across the street from the end of the Evansdale campus. She said since the schools tobacco ban went into place crowds of smokers have started lighting up right in front of her house.

"It starts from 5 o'clock in the morning," she said. "It goes to 7 o'clock at night. Our house, our home, our neighborhood has become an ashtray. I didn't sign up to become the University's ashtray."

5 News cameras only caught one person lighting up in front of her house on Wednesday.

Zerge blames the migration on the ban. That's why she, along with her neighbors, have put up their own signs. The signs say 'There are no butts about it something has to change'.

"I'm glad that the University is pushing forward to have the smoking ban, but they really didn't think it through about where the smokers should go," she said.

Zerge has suggested the University install smoking structures, which she saw used in Oregon. She said they were places that contained the smoke, but allowed people to smoke on campus.

Farris mentioned he's heard the complaints and said added they're still working with Morgantown City officials to try and figure out what is the best solution.

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Comments (2)
Aug 22, 2013 at 9:58 AM
Package all the butts and send them to the President of the college's office!!
Aug 21, 2013 at 8:27 PM
If people were smoking in front of my house to avoid being fined if they get caught smoking on WVU property,I would clean up all the cigarette butts and trash and put them in a bag or bucket and dump them on the front steps of the WVU presidents house.
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