|Volume XXVIII Issue 9||October 31, 2002|
SGA tables smoking boundaries on campus
Austin Jameson - Reporter
A resolution that would encourage Elon administrators to prohibit smoking in entranceways of campus buildings was tabled by the Elon Student Government Association Oct. 24.
The bill was presented by Brian Gill, sophomore class senator and chair of the Student Issues Committee, and Nick Rust of the Academic Council. The resolution will be discussed at the meeting Nov. 7, as senators raised questions about the university’s current policies.
The resolution, drafted after student brought concerns to the Student Issues Committee, called for the enforcement of clean air zones 25 feet from entranceways.
At the meeting, senators asked about current regulations.
"How well is this issue researched? I don’t see a reason to pass something that is already in effect," said Trevor Kincaid of the Organizational Council.
After the meeting Gill said, "Obviously, if constituents are complaining about smoking in front of buildings, the current rule [either] is not known, or the smokers know and don’t care."
Dan Hansen, Media Board Representative asked the sponsors, "What about the faculty and staff members who also smoke?"
This issue was not addressed by either Gill or Rust, who frequently stated they were acting on the issue brought up by their constituents.
If students and faculty are restricted from smoking within 25 feet of entrances, ash trays will have to be moved out to accommodate this action, increasing the possibility of cigarette butts littering the campus grounds.
Sophomore secretary/ treasurer Darris Means then moved to halt the resolution.
Brian Gill said post-meeting, "I am disappointed the SGA wouldn’t support the bill, even if there are rules about smoking in place. Either way, this bill would have helped to alleviate the problem and let students know we support the smoke-free entrances rule. Now we’ll be lucky if the bill passes before the end of November."
Universities across the nation have similar smoking polices. The Oct. 21 edition of "Newsweek" said, "With the end of indoor smoking, building entranceways have become de facto smoking lounges, prompting some colleges and universities to boot smokers’ farther afield."
The University of Maryland prohibits students from smoking within 18 feet of entrances, while Kansas State students have to venture 30 feet away. In the extremes are Purdue University and University of Florida, with a smoke-free zone of 60 feet.
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