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Cal Poly to be smoke-free

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Cal Poly will become a smoke-free campus before the start of the new school year.

Starting September 1, smoking will no longer be allowed on campus. Signs are posted on the sides of ash trays advising the campus community of the upcoming change.

"I actually just heard right now, so yeah, I'm very surprised. Kind of shocked but hey, maybe it's good for all of us," said Cal Poly student Mateo Cuellar.

The new policy is in response to a systemwide CSU Executive Order issued in April. Chancellor Timothy White directed that all 23 campuses be smoke and tobacco-free September 1st.

Right now, there are 73 designated smoking areas at Cal Poly.

Student Ellie Vutova says too many students smoke. She believes the new policy is a good idea.

"Hopefully it will curb their bad habits but honestly, I'm sure they might just smoke anyway," said Vutova.

We came across several smokers who did not want to be on camera but said they do not agree with the policy and think it should be their own choice whether they want to smoke.

In a statement to KSBY, the university said, in part:

"If compliance remains a challenge after an extensive education and outreach program, the university reserves the right to institute fines under Assembly Bill 795."

Smoking, vaping, and the use of tobacco will also be prohibited in all personal vehicles on campus property, sidewalks and campus residences.

"It's nice that there's such a big push to end smoking," Vutova concluded.

"Healthier for everybody around, actually. No more second-hand smoke," Cuellar added.

Cal Poly says permanent signage will begin going up August 28th and will continue to be installed throughout September.

The policy also applies to all Cal Poly property including the Cal Poly Pier, Swanton Pacific Ranch and Bella Montana Rental properties, to name a few.

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