By Brad Segall

MEDIA, Pa. (CBS) — Five years after it was first proposed, Delaware County Community College is the latest institute of higher learning in the Philadelphia area to go 100-percent tobacco free.

Amy Williams Gaudioso, the school’s director of campus life, says it was 2008 when some students, tired of walking out of buildings into clouds of smoke, proposed the idea to the Student Government Association.  The proposal was tweaked over the years and now the campuses and its buildings are smoke free.

Gaudioso says officials are working to build awareness now, but that will change.

“As we go along, and as we get further into the policy taking effect, there are some small fines that could be assigned to students if they are repeat offenders,” she said.

The policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, and visitors, and applies to all college-owned or leased properties including the parking lots.

There are now nearly 800 institutes of higher learning across the nation that have enacted tobacco-free policies.

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