By Brent Spivey
Cal Poly Pomona’s last remaining ashtray sparked discussion on Executive Order 1108 and it’s impact not only on campus, but at all 23 campus’ under the California State University jurisdiction.
Since the removal of ashtrays at the CSU’s designated smoking areas, students have resulted to the current relaxed and respectful tone across pervasive smoking community.
In a memorandum issued this summer, Chancellor Timothy P. White stated, “effective September 1, 2017, all California State University campuses shall be 100% Smoke Free and Tobacco Free.”
“Smoking” and the use of designated smoking areas are prohibited on all California State University properties,” continued White.
The new question that arises is if it is okay to vape on campus.
Under the Definitions section in the E.O. it explains that ” …”Smoke Free” means the use of cigarettes, pipes, cigars, and other “smoke” emanating products including e-cigarettes, vapor devices and other like products are prohibited on all University properties.”
The exceptions include nicotine products used to fight nicotine dependency and if students benefit from class use of tobacco, which has to b be approved by the department.
A single designated smoking zone would prevent misconduct altogether with CPP’s smoking culture.
“The current enforcement of [Executive Order 1108] is a failure,” said E-cigarette smoker and second year microbiology student Joshua Hernandez.
Furthermore, Hernandez would support and defend the reimplementation of a designated smoking area.
“I love the idea of it,” said Hernandez.
The vast implementation of new “no smoking” signs near the tennis courts and soccer field quickly killed what once was a “hot spot” for campus smokers to spend their time.
Symbols on these signs expressed both types of smoking that are illegal on the premises.
Signs in windows and posts showcase the newest law promote a positive campus experience for all.
The new law is similar to the relaxed nature of the bike, skateboard and wheeled vehicle path, in which, smokers freely smoke in respect to where others are respecting their proximity.
Vermouth Yan is a non-smoker and English language student who sympathizes with the those who wish to continue to smoke on campus.
“There should be a safe spot for everyone to express themselves in the way they like,” said Yan.
Polling across the student body found that groups of usually 4-7 tend to form wielding tobacco and smoking products at a ratio of one tobacco product to one vaporizer.
As vaping continues to increase in popularity, and though it is healthier in the sense that it produces less harmful carcinogens, those who choose to smoke it need to repsect the campus policy or face reprecussions
Smokers may have rewards or housing taken from them, if the rules and regulations are not properly respected.
There seems to be a consensus across the student body on where to avoid heavy smokers.
They tend to be in the safe zones down hillsides all the while respecting the 25 feet away from buildings rule.
At the end of the day, smokers and non-smokers both agree that there should be at least one area for smokers to go without potential harm to others.
Moreover, the potential to run into smokers at the previous designated smoking areas is feasible.
All information regarding the transition to a smoke-free campus can be found online at http://www.cpp.edu/~smokefree/.
Chelsea Mazer / The Poly Post
On-campus signs to promote the new no-smoking policy
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