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Algonquin College students ask administration to reconsider smoking ban

Algonquin College has received pushback from its students' association since implementing a blanket smoking ban in mid-October.
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Algonquin College students are hopeful that a policy barring them from lighting up on campus will go up in smoke.

The college received pushback from the Algonquin College Students' Association since implementing a blanket smoking ban in mid-October. The ban, which is currently an interim policy, prohibits anyone from smoking cigarettes or marijuana anywhere on any of Algonquin College's campuses. The students' association has said a majority of its membership is against the ban. 

Deijanelle Simon, the president of the students' association, told 1310 NEWS' The Rick Gibbons Show that both smokers and non-smokers alike oppose the ban. 

"In General, it just comes down to respecting one another's rights," she said.

Listen to the full interview here:

The school's administration is now mulling whether to make the ban permanent. The students' association is pushing for a compromise that which would establish strictly-enforced designated smoking areas on campus that would be located away from main entrances and high-traffic areas.

Algonquin College held a forum to hear from students and faculty and expects to decide by January 1 whether the policy becomes permanent. 

A spokeswoman for the college said much of what was said at the forum echoed what had already been raised in a survey it conducted to which more than 2,700 people responded. 



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