Smoke-free campus favored in Kearney survey

By: AP
By: AP

Lincoln, NE (AP) - Most of the students who responded to an email survey favored a smoke-free campus at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

A university news release says nearly 1,400 favored the idea, versus 710 who opposed it. Nearly 2,100 of the nearly 7,100 students returned the surveys. The survey was conducted Wednesday and Thursday.

The results will be presented to Chancellor Doug Kristensen.

The Peer Health Education group began exploring the issue in 2012 after receiving Kearney student opinions from a national health survey. They indicated support for a tobacco-free campus.

UNK policy prohibits tobacco use in campus facilities and vehicles and within 10 feet of building entrances.

Similar policies are in place on the university's Omaha and Lincoln campuses. The University of Nebraska Medical Center has been tobacco-free since 2009.

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