Students Leave Mark In Mulch To Protest IPFW Going Tobacco Free (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch - 21Alive
By Rachelle Spence - 21Alive

February 25, 2014 Updated Apr 1, 2014 at 3:05 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Tuesday marked the first day IPFW's campus is smoke-free.

Even non-smokers had very different opinions on the new change.

"It's awesome," Brandon Werry said. "I think smoking is terrible. I just hate the smell. They're no benefits to it."

"I don't think it was fair. It was kind of brash," Adris Sababu said. "I don't know what the real politics behind it are. They just gave reasons like smoking is bad for you, but we all know that."

Each of IPFW's smoke huts were removed Monday with newly planted trees taking their place, but many students are now leaving their mark in the mulch, as a form of silent protest.

Feb. 24 Report
Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) will become a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus effective April 1, 2014.

The use of cigarettes, cigars, oral tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and all other tobacco products will be prohibited on campus and other sites controlled, operated, or leased by the university.

"Implementing a tobacco-free policy will bring added benefits to the well-being of our entire community," said Chancellor Vicky Carwein.

With the announcement, IPFW joins sister campus Indiana University Bloomington, as well as the regional campuses of Purdue and IU, all of which adopted smoke/tobacco-free policies.

Nationwide, more than 1,100 colleges and universities have adopted tobacco-free or smoke-free policies, and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative has urged all campuses to to promote and support the adoption and implementation of tobacco-free policies.

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