"There always is pushback when there are changes — that's to be expected," she said. "And let's face it, it's an addiction, it's not just a bad habit, so there are real reasons why some people find it so difficult to give up smoking and we recognize that."
To counter that, both schools are offering smoking cessation services to students and employees.
Johns also said that enforcement — one of the major sticking points when discussing the policies — has not been an issue so far. Neither Marshall nor WVU plans to divert resources to policing the smoking ban but are trusting that it will still be followed.
"I think it's gong to be mostly self-policed . . . And to be honest with you, I think we have some folks who won't have a problem telling other people if they see them disobeying it," said Matt Turner, Marshall's chief of staff.
"It will obviously be a transition, but I don't envision that this is something that people are gong to intentionally come out and violate the policy."
The idea is to alter the culture on campus enough that people won't even consider smoking there — much the way it is now, years after schools banned smoking inside university buildings.
Johns said that has held true at WVU's health sciences campus.
"There has been a major change on campus," she said. "Before, people would be smoking in front of the hospital. It didn't look good and it wasn't healthy. . . . But that definitely is changed now."
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