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Classes resume at Western Michigan University with smoking ban in effect


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Classes resumed this week at Western Michigan University with a new rule in place. There's now a smoking ban on campus. Western Michigan University President Doctor John Dunn says that anyone who wants to smoke will have to do so in their cars, or go off campus. He notes that Western is not the first university in Michigan to adopt such a rule.

"The time has come," Dunn told WKZO. "We're not telling people that they can't smoke. We're telling people that we do not smoke on our university campus, and that it's important that we be respectful to others. Also, it's important that we take care of our envrionment and take care of our grounds."

E cigarettes are also banned on campus, even though they don't generate smoke. WMU is the fifth public university in the state to have such a rule.