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PSU taking on challenge for smoke-free campus

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland State University is taking on the challenge of being smoke and tobacco free by 2016.

Organizers launched the Fresh Air Campus Challenge Thursday at PSU. The effort brings together campuses and local, state and national health organizations.

Students and administrators are assessing tobacco issues on campus and working with the city of Portland to move toward a smoke-free campus

In January, PSU established a clean air corridor, a five-block stretch in the heart of campus where smoking is prohibited. Since 2007, PSU has had a no-smoking rule in all buildings and within a 25-foot radius of building entrances, windows and air intake vents.

Oregon State University, the University of Oregon and Oregon Health & Science University all have smoke-free or tobacco-free campuses and more than 50 percent of community colleges in the state have adopted similar policies.

More than 60 college campuses throughout the Pacific Northwest have done the same. Nationally, nearly 17 percent of all higher-education institutions now have anti-smoking policies.

For more about the Fresh Air Campus Challenge, go to www.nwcphp.org/Fresh-Air-Campus.

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