UW-L aims for compromise on smoking ban

By: Sarah Moon
By: Sarah Moon

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- UW-La Crosse is trying to come up with a compromise to its smoking ban plan.

Students and the Academic Staff Council voted in favor of banning smoking on campus.

However, the Faculty Senate, and Classified Staff Council which includes clerical workers and custodians voted against the ban.

Both groups felt there were too many unanswered questions about the ban.

UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow said a possible compromise is to allow smoking along the sidewalks of the perimeter of campus.

Right now, no smoking is allowed on campus within 25 feet of buildings.

“I think it’s becoming more of an issue, more of a health issue, and I believe that it’s something important that our campus should focus on, and begin understanding and educating people about,” said UW-L senior Caitlyn Bednarek

“As a smoker, I feel like I should be able to. I pay enough at this college to be able to smoke here in my opinion. I kind of see where they’re coming from in terms of the cigarette butts of the floor,” said UW-L sophomore Sammy Hantous.

Chancellor Gow said he hopes to have some kind of smoking guidelines in place by this summer or fall.

UW Stout and UW River Falls both have smoking bans.

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