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Jump to full article: The Hoya (Georgetown University), 2012-02-27


While a number of universities across the nation are considering limiting smoking on campus, administrators at Georgetown are not planning any changes to current policy.

The Georgetown University Medical Center became smoke-free as of January 2011.

Health Education Services Director Carol Day said that campus officials have discussed the possibility of tightening smoking restrictions on the main campus in the past, but a university-wide ban remains unlikely.

"I believe that we're not readily moving in that direction," Day said.

Though 12.8 percent of Georgetown students identified themselves as tobacco users, according to the 2010 National College Health Assessment, the university aims to limit smoking on campus.

"It is the policy of Georgetown University to achieve an environment as close to smoke-free as practically possible," the Student Affairs policy reads.

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