University of Maryland now smoke-free

Want to light up at the University of Maryland? Think again.

The university announced that its smoke-free policy is going into effect Monday. This means no one is allowed to smoke on campus, including contractors and visitor beyond four designated aeras.

"The University of Maryland strives at all times to provide a respectful, supportive environment. This smoke-free policy is no exception, and I ask each of us to do our part,” says university president Wallace D. Loh in a letter.

Dozens of schools across the county have become smoke free in recent years, including the University of Michigan, Georgetown’s medical center and others.

Four designated smoking areas have been established for the College Park campus. They include:

  • An area south of Ellicott Hall between Byrd Stadium and the lacrosse practice field
  • The south side of McKeldin Library facing Somerset Hall
  • An area north of the Riggs Alumni Center, near the entrance to the Stadium Drive parking garage
  • The south side of Comcast Center, left of the arena's main staircase.

“I think that's great,” says student Rachel Koley. “Not everyone wants to be around that environment.”

Staffer Lisa Turner was out smoking behind McKeldin Library.

“Happy to find out - those of us who do smoke - that there are four designated areas,” Turner says. “And we happen to be lucky that it's right outside of our building.”

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