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Campus is ‘smoke free’ since 2010

'Tobacco free DU' in the courtyard of Nagel Hall.

‘Tobacco free DU’ in the courtyard of Nagel Hall.

The University of Denver is a smoke free campus, from both marijuana and tobacco. However, tobacco smoking was only recently banned from campus less than a decade ago.

According to a 2002 survey done by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, cigarette smoking rates declined among US adults but held steady with young adults ages 18-24. A study by Henry Wechsler done a year earlier also revealed that smoking rates were lower among residents of smoke-free housing, and students who did not smoke were also less likely to pick up the habit.

As a response, in 2005 the American College Health association began a push to create tobacco free college campuses. Five years later in January of 2010, University of Denver’s previous chancellor Robert Coombe announced the decision and it’s collaboration with the DU Tobacco Task Force (TTF.)

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The Controversy of Free Speech at DU

Graffiti on a DU building

Graffiti on the side of a DU building.

The University of Denver has a lot of history when it has come to students expressing their First Amendment right to free speech, and not all opinions have been welcome on campus.

In 1970, DU students attempted to protest the University’s decision to stay open after the events of the Kent State Massacre. The students lived in a makeshift village for several days, calling it ‘Woodstock West’ until The National Guard was called in to disperse the protest.

“I don’t think [The National Guard] was called in to necessarily restore the campus, but rather to ‘save face’ for the Chancellor.” Sheila Schroeder, a DU professor, said. Schroeder is working on a documentary about Woodstock West.

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