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The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


Ryan Jones smokes his JUUL at his apartment on March 7.

Students open up about JUUL use on campus despite smoking ban

Meghann Morrow March 3, 2018

Kent State is just four months from the one-year anniversary of the university-instituted smoking ban on campus.The smoking ban was originally placed on Kent’s campus to set a positive example and provide...

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Let’s clear the air: An update on KSU’s Smoking Ban

Sierra Allen and Julie Riedel January 31, 2018

The Ohio Board of Regents unanimously voted to recommend the University System of Ohio to adopt a smoke-free policy in 2012. Since then, a growing number of schools have agreed to go tobacco free, and...

Natalie Frank, a senior art education major, smokes a cigarette off campus Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. Kent State banned smoking and tobacco use July 1.

Students push back on tobacco-free campus policy

September 4, 2017

Story by: Cameron GormanNatalie Frank remembers the first time she felt the effects of a cigarette.“I lit it right before I got on my bike, and I was like riding it and, just like, this like tingly,...

Starting July 1, Kent State will be a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus. 

Clearing the air: Kent State goes smoke-free

As of July 1, Kent State is the 26th college in Ohio to become a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus, according to the Ohio Department of Higher Education.“By building a culture of health, we are hoping...

Rick Nease color illustration of cigarette-butt-filled ashtray sitting on a no-smoking coaster. The Detroit Free Press 2010

KSU prepares for 2017 smoking ban

Gabrielle Gentile April 27, 2016

When Kent State’s smoking ban goes into effect in July 2017, don’t expect hundreds of smokers to be sent to Conduct Court.The university is counting on promoting health and a culture shift to help...

Illustration by LaQuann Dawson

Smoking ban likely to arrive soon for Kent State

Christina Godfrey April 29, 2015

For more than two decades, Kent State has slowly been working to ban smoking in certain areas on campus. The efforts may soon result in the prohibition of it altogether.Since 2012, Kent State’s sights...

Junior environmental conservation biology major Sean Nichols and junior German/French translation major Kyle Darrah smoke outside the Student Center on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Nichols said Kent State becoming smoke-free could potentially help him quit smoking, while Darrah said she thinks enforcing the policy would distract campus security from more pressing issues.

Smoking ban talks remain in president’s cabinet

Emily Mills November 23, 2014

Smokers — students, faculty and staff alike — huddled outside buildings or on the heated grates that line the sidewalks, sneaking a cigarette in between classes or during their lunch break, are a common...

Kent State still considering campus-wide smoking ban

Hannah Reed May 1, 2014

While a Kent State committee is recommending a campus-wide tobacco ban, the use of electronic cigarettes on campus is on the rise, Kent State researcher Deric Kenne said.However, the committee has not...

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