Heija Yan took a drag from his cigarette as he approached Powell Library on the UCLA campus Monday, not noticing that the ashtrays were empty and askew.
The electrical engineering graduate student had no idea that the university had enacted its tobacco ban on Earth Day. He was profoundly apologetic.
“I know others don’t like the smell around them, but I know [the library] is a popular place to smoke so I thought I’d be OK,” he said, while flicking the cigarette butt into the tray.
The Westwood campus is the first UC to implement the ban, following a call from President Mark Yudof to go smoke-free across the 10-campus system by 2014.