Air and Hospitality Academy goes smoke-free

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The International Air and Hospitality Academy will take the Fresh Air Campus Challenge's one-day stand against tobacco Wednesday.

The academy joins 21 other Pacific Northwest campuses adopting a tobacco-free policy for a day to draw attention to the harmful effects of tobacco and secondhand smoke.

The academy and its affiliate campuses for the Railroad Institute, Renewable Energy Institute and Culinary Institute prohibit staff from smoking on campus. On Wednesday, the designated student smoking area on the main campus will be decommissioned, ashtrays will be removed and information promoting the one-day stand will be posted.

To date, 66 campuses in the Pacific Northwest, including Washington State University Vancouver and Clark College, have tobacco-free policies. The Fresh Air Campus Challenge aims to get all college campuses in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to go smoke- or tobacco-free by 2016.