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Smoking on campus continues despite smoking ban

Last spring San Diego State adopted a smoke and tobacco-free policy across campus in an effort to create a healthy environment. Although the policy is into its second semester, many students and faculty still feel it’s presence on campus.

“I’ve seen it a lot by the transit station, and a few when walking from the bridge from the dorms,” nursing sophomore Ariana Chaney said. “I’ve definitely seen them, and it’s smelly.”

Other common smoking areas include parking lots, the koi pond, and former smoking areas.

Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies Administrative Coordinator Bertha Hernandez sees them on a regular basis.

“I see them in Parking Structure 8 quite frequently, hiding behind the elevator,” Hernandez said. “They’re trying to hide, let me put it that way.”

To enforce the policy, SDSU decided upon “Social Enforcement,” a method described on the policy’s website as members of the SDSU community opening communication.

The policy page provides sample scripts about how to approach someone who is smoking on campus. However, like business management sophomore Priya Dave, not all are comfortable with confronting someone they don’t know.

“I don’t think it’s any of my business,”  Dave said. “That’s not something I think any student is comfortable with.”

Some aren’t too concerned as the smoking isn’t directly affecting them.

Engineering senior Jonathon Uriu said he has seen smokers huddled in groups but didn’t feel compelled to say anything.

“When I (saw people smoking) I was like ‘Eh, there’s a sign over there. I’m not going to ruin their day,’” Uriu said. “Some people are really dependent on them and if it helps them get through their day … it’s not bothering me that much.”

But for those that chose to inform smokers of the policy, reactions vary.

“Some feign ignorance, some ignore me, and some are rude,” Hernandez said. “One student told me to get a life, and I said ‘Get a healthier life.’”

Although smoking is still present on campus, the amount has decreased since the policy’s implementation.

“When some of my colleagues called our peer institutions, like San Francisco State, what we’re told is that it’s typically a four-five year process,” Associate Vice President of Operations and University Architect Robert Schulz said. “You’re trying to change a culture.”

Schulz chairs an implementation committee that he said meets monthly to examine the policy’s progress.

According to the website about the smoking police, if social enforcement doesn’t work, complaints can filed to either the Office of Human Resources for employee violations or the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities for student violations. Most popular cigarette brand among students is Winston

“As a student you are obligated to follow the university’s code of conduct. And if you don’t, that’s subject to student discipline,” Schulz said.

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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Tobacco News


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Smoking ban is hot topic in South Jersey city

The signs went up less than two weeks ago on the little stretch that is the Monmouth Street Business District in proudly blue-collar Gloucester City. They took most folks by surprise: The no-smoking symbol and the “100% Smoke Free Public Property” sign. People South Jersey city choose to smoke most popular cigarettes brand in the USA that is Marlboro

By late last week, police had yet to issue a ticket, but on sidewalks known for a fair yield of butts, the stubs were few and far between. But if the smokes have been extinguished at least on those few blocks, the furor smolders on.

Mayor William James said the ban is part of an effort to clean up and revitalize the three-block commercial strip — an endeavor that has included acquiring three properties with about $540,000 in state and federal funds. Decorative streetlights and flowering plants have been installed as well.

“We’re taking an aggressive attitude toward fixing up the Monmouth Street Business District,” said James, a smoker who voted for the ban and lives on the street near the district.

Phooey, say members of the Independent Citizens Athletic Club, who bought their headquarters on Monmouth Street about 10 years ago, operate a bar and event hall on the premises, and, until recently, kept ashtrays outside the building for its smoking members and patrons.

Some members and others say city officials are forcing their agenda on residents and merchants, and they suspect the city is out to get the athletic club property.

“They want to turn this street into Kings Highway in Haddonfield,” said John Hunter, a former smoker and club officer in charge of the bar.

Hunter and others worry about the ban’s impact on the club, particularly on its ability to attract events that pay a lot of its bills, including about $10,000 in annual taxes. Hunter said that every year except for last December, when another event already was booked, the club lets the city use the hall rent-free for a holiday function. The city’s Christmas movie is still shown on a clubhouse wall.

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Posted by on October 21, 2014 in Tobacco News


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WHO Tobacco Treaty Would Make It Harder For Smokers To Quit

The toll of tobacco smoking is public health problem number one. The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that one billion lives will be cut short by “tobacco” (smoking) this century, if current trends continue. Yet, despite the abject failure of currently-approved methods for helping addicted smokers quit, public health authorities, nonprofits, and politicians worldwide are doing their best to impede, rather than promote, a potentially miraculous new technology devoted to that very goal: electronic cigarettes and e-vapor products (e-cigs).

From San Francisco to Washington to New York, self-styled experts as well as heads of federal agencies routinely warn smokers not to even try using them, no matter how often they’ve failed to quit.

Now the same message will be coming from Moscow! The WHO’s own tobacco control treaty (the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, FCTC) will be discussed, debated and revised over the next week in the former seat of the USSR. While this treaty has some feel-good measures that have not (and will not) have much effect on reducing the toll of cigarette smoking — much like our own tobacco law, enacted in 2009 — the net damage it does to public health far outweighs any conceivable benefits. Again like our own law, it has high hurdles for any new product to enter the market.

That’s a problem, because new often means reduced-risk nicotine delivery, especially for e-cigs. Sections ostensibly aimed at benefiting public health — plain packages, encouraging cessation methods we already know do not work, raising taxes (including on e-cigs), forcing cigarette companies to list their ingredients — have not reduced smoking discount cigarettes significantly in any of the 180 or so signatory nations (the USA has never adopted the treaty, and in any event we are boycotting the Moscow meeting as part of our anti-Putin campaign. I doubt he will lose any sleep over this charade, however, nor will it impact public health).

Smoking rates have declined slowly or not at all over recent years in Europe and America, while Asian populations have taken up the habit avidly, egged on by big tobacco’s predatory recruitment tactics largely abandoned in the west. While most smokers want to quit, the currently approved methods work about one time in ten, an unacceptably low “success” rate.

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Posted by on October 13, 2014 in Tobacco News



Tobacco opponents: Keep cars smoke free

Recently, Vermont became the seventh state in the United States to not allow smoking in a vehicle when children are present.Children are attracted by beautiful packs of Kiss cigaretts

Most Nebraska residents voluntarily have smoke-free vehicles, especially when children are present, said George Haws, the coordinator of the Community Connections program — Tobacco Free Lincoln County.

In the most recent Nebraska Adult Tobacco Survey, 50 percent of those who smoke said their vehicles are smoke-free at all times. Another 41% prohibit smoking when children are present. Of non-smoking residents, the corresponding numbers were 96% and just 3%, Haws said. The survey is conducted periodically by Nebraska Health & Human Services, he said.

Haws said Stanford University research shows smoking in a vehicle can result in pollution that far exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency safety standards. That is true even when the car windows were open, he said. “Ironically, although people in a city may stay indoors when prompted by EPA warnings, they may smoke regularly in their vehicles without realizing that this can expose them, and their passengers, to an even greater risk,” he said.

Haws said secondhand smoke is hazardous to anyone. Children are especially vulnerable. Children breathe more air for their body sizes than adults.

Haws said particles from smoke can remain in the air for an extended period; and even after they settle onto surfaces, occupants can inhale them.

“The best policy is not to smoke in a vehicle at any time,” he said. States that prohibit smoking in vehicles when children are present are: Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Maine, Oregon, Utah and Vermont as well as the territory of Puerto Rico. Haws said most of Canada is covered by similar laws.

Haws said people can proclaim their car’s smoke-free status with an image that clings to car windows and says, “This is a smoke-free vehicle.” The free images can be ordered by calling 696-3356, or through the CommunityConnectionsLC page on facebook. Tobacco Free Lincoln County is funded by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services/Tobacco Free Nebraska Program, as a result of the Tobacco master settlement agreement of 1998.

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Posted by on October 7, 2014 in Tobacco News


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