SUNY Oswego goes smoke free

"It's good news in terms of the environment, in terms of sustainability, and in terms of health. It gives folks who do smoke additional encouragement," said Jeff Rea.

According to health insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield, there's been a gradual decline in smoking across the state of New York since 2004.

But in five adults ages 25 to 34 still smoke Upstate. Those without a high school diploma are more than three times likely to smoke than college graduates.

"Largely the reaction has been very positive...for very little to the contrary," said Jeff Rea.

SUNY Oswego is just one of nearly 15 hundred campuses across the country going smoke free. Many seem supportive of the idea.

In SUNY Oswego's 2013 Clean Air Committee survey, 95 percent of students, faculty, and staff agreed upon the fact that people have a right to breathe smoke-free air.

For now, the university will rely on smokers using common courtesy and taking their habit elsewhere to keep the air around campus smoke free.

"We are not looking to wield a big stick. We are looking for cultural change over time," said Jeff Rea.

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