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Universities bending smoking laws


Approximately 10 percent of universities in the country have not banned smoking, with toilets and dormitories being the most common indoor smoking zones, according to the results of a survey released yesterday by the Bureau of Health Promotion.

Bureau officials noted that the universities were violating the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act, which stipulates that smoking is forbidden on campus with the exception of designated smoking areas.

In approximately 60 percent of the 56 universities surveyed, less than 10 percent of male faculty staff and less than 5 percent of female staff were smokers.

While 56 percent of the universities surveyed put the smoking rate among male students at between 11 percent and 20 percent, 74 percent of the universities surveyed put the rate among female students at below 5 percent.

A total of 11.1 percent of the universities surveyed had not yet set up any prominent "no smoking" signs.

In 39.9 percent of the universities surveyed, people have been seen smoking in indoor areas such as classrooms, libraries and stadiums, while stairways and corridors are where people are most commonly seen smoking on campus, the survey showed.

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