July 1 marks the start of the new campus wide smoking ban at West Virginia University.
WVU will be a tobacco free campus for all students,faculty, and visitors. The policy will extend to all premises owned, operated or occupied by the University. However, there will be exemptions for large events like football games. Even so, there are clearly mixed feelings around Morgantown.
"In my opinion, I feel the smoking ban is actually a good idea for the campus. Not everyone smokes or wants to smoke or smell it around them. So if there were designated areas on campus for smoking, it would be better than having everyone smoke everywhere," said WVU student Taron Smith.
Other students don't believe the law will change much on campus.
Adam Crowley said, "Honestly I still think you're going to see a lot of people smoking. I think that they will get in trouble for it, but I still think people are going to light up whenever they're walking around campus. I also think that people will find places where they can smoke and that's where they'll end up smoking anyway."
It's unclear how officials will regulate the new law, but repeated offenders may face expulsion or termination from the university.