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Rocky Mountain College goes smoke free

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A growing concern across America's college campuses is prompting change at Rocky Mountain College.

It's an initiative to shed light on the issue of tobacco, and the health concerns associated with it.

In a joint effort with RiverStone Health, the college kicked off a tobacco-free lifestyle event on Tuesday geared to support students, faculty, and staff into healthy habits on campus.

To drive the point home, students could participate in stationary bike simulation to demonstrate the kind of impact smoking has on the lungs.

Several students stopped by to show support, but not everyone was immediately on board with the idea.

"Of course we have some students that are concerned with their rights to have either smoke or chew products,” said Amber West Martin of Rocky Mountain College Tobacco Free Task Force. “We're not telling students not to have tobacco products, but we're encouraging them not to use the different tobacco products once we do go tobacco free on campus."

West Martin said the college is part of a nationwide initiative to support and promote a tobacco-free campus as a way of encouraging healthy habits for students, faculty, and staff.

Although policy enforcement varies from school to school, most prohibit smoking on all campus grounds, including athletic stadiums, restaurants and parking lots.

The policy goes into effect at Rocky on July 1, 2016.

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