June 30, 2010 12:00AM
Although smoking and the use of tobacco products in any buildings on the Pittsburg State University campus has been prohibited for many years, Kansas' new Clean Air Act will still have some effect on the campus, university officials said Wednesday. The new law goes into effect July 1.
The new law's impact on campus will be most evident in the locations smokers can gather in relation to doors, open windows and air intake vents. The law requires smokers to be at least 10 feet from any of these locations.
"Currently, there are areas where the university has installed receptacles for cigarette butts and ashes," according to John Patterson, vice president for administration and campus life. "In most cases, those were already more than the required distance from the prohibited areas and any that weren't were moved to comply with the law."
While moving the receptacles won't prevent smokers from lighting up inside the prohibited zones, Patterson acknowledged, he hopes education and courtesy will prevail.
"Whether on the Pitt State campus or in any other public space, once people who choose to smoke understand the requirements of the new law, most will make an effort to comply," Patterson said. "As with most things, education and common courtesy are the key."