Local college fighting to make campus smoke free

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Students at Canisius College are hoping their school joins several others in Western New York and bans tobacco use on campus.

On Thursday, students gathered at the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library and encouraged students and faculty to sign a petition asking that Canisius College adopt a smoke-free campus policy.

The campaign comes on the heels of an unsatisfactory rating by the American Cancer Society.

Every year the agency releases what they call the “Tobacco free Dean’s list.” Schools are ranked on their tobacco polices including whether the campus is smoke free or are working toward achieving smoke free status.

This year several schools in western New York including Daemen College, Hilbert College and Canisius College received a “D” rating, a rating that has students a community activists working for change.

“It’s a growing trend,” Jenna Brinkworth, Community Engagement Coordinator for Tobacco Free Coalition told 7 Eyewitness News. “This is something Canisius students want to be part of.”

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