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It's a move more college's across the country are starting to make...going smoke free.

     Out of the 11 institutions in North Dakota, 10 of them are smoke free, and now Williston State College is going to make it 11. 

 Last but not least. On November 1st of this year, Williston State College is going to be not only smoke free, but tobacco free.

      "It includes e-cigarettes, it includes chewing tobacco, any other kind of tobacco form, it is all forbidden to be on campus and being used on campus," said Williston State College Faculty Senate Chair Kim Weismann.

 WSC administrators have been busy over the last several years, adding new buildings, and getting new projects ready to go. This year, school officials were able to do some things they've been waiting to do. Like creating a tobacco free campus.

      "All the governing bodies in campus needed to approve the policy, but we also need to make sure there's enforcement, and signage and all of those other things we really don't ever think about when it goes through with policy changes," added Weismann.

 One Teton says she is excited the campus is going to be tobacco free.

      "We're getting all of these new things, so we want it to keep looking new, we want to show we're appreciative of all the things that we have," said Student Senate President Samantha Chamberlain.

 Chamberlain says a large portion of the student body are athletes, and they shouldn't be smoking anyways.

    "They need to be able to run up and down the court to win us games," Chamberlain added.

If you're caught smoking on campus when the policy goes into effect, you will be issued one warning, and after that you will be fined. This policy is for all buildings owned by the college.

      "The apartment complex is also tobacco free, so even in your own personal apartment there's no smoking or tobacco use," Weismann added.

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