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Health director hopes to clear the air in Idaho - The Casper Star Tribune

"I want to eradicate this from the planet," Schlapper said recently as he breathed in the clean air of the BSU student union. "And I truly think we can."Under current Idaho law, smokers can still huddle in doorways -- as long as those doorways are at least 20 feet from the entrance of a public building. They can still smoke in bars; in the smoking areas of some workplaces; in cars; and outside.BSU already bans smoking in all buildings, including dorms. It provides one entrance to each building where smokers can't congregate, and has some outdoor limits.Schlapper's long-term plan, which will be discussed at a BSU Cabinet meeting Monday, calls for making the entire 175-acre campus smoke-free. He polled faculty, students and staff at the 18,600-student school and only about 34 percent support that idea.But 92 percent "agree that the desire to breathe clean air should take precedence over a smoker's desire to smoke," Schlapper noted.However, many smokers at BSU think there's enough air right outside the buildings for smokers and nonsmokers."You're outside; you're not really bothering anybody," added a BSU staff member on a smoke break who declined to give her name.Political science professor Jim Weatherby doesn't smoke, but - more available

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