MUN's no-smoking policy may be up in smoke
Memorial University last year joined a growing number of Canadian universities which have banned all smoking from their campuses.
That doesn't mean, however, that smoking has disappeared from MUN's main campus. Indeed, smoking is easy to observe near buildings like the Student Centre.
The university administration is aware that some smoking continues, despite the campus-wide ban.
Dave Sorensen, Memorial's associate director of communications, said officials are in no huge panic over it.
"We hope that this will be a culture change. We understand that it's not going to happen over night, that people will get used to the rule, talk to each other, and convince each other not to smoke on campus," Sorensen told CBC News.
Sorensen said the alternative to the university's softer approach would be an enforcement crackdown.
He said that decision would come with its own set of problems — and the university has no intention of moving in that direction.
"This is the way that culture is moving," he said.
With files from Azzo Rezori