PA State University System Snuffs Out All Smoking

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The news came with virtually no warning, stunning college students across Pennsylvania.

Smoking is banned at the 14 state-owned university campuses — even outdoors.

Students got word in an email the day before the ban took effect last week.

Chancellor John Cavanaugh says he interprets a new state law forbidding smoking in most workplaces and public spaces to extend beyond buildings. He says in his view it includes all campus grounds, such as courtyards, parking lots and athletic fields, because some classes occasionally meet outside, and schools also hold events and receptions outdoors.

Students on three campuses already have protested, risking fines or other disciplinary action by lighting up. There’s talk of a coordinated statewide demonstration later this week.