Tuesday, August 13, 2013

President Ohrn signs unanimous resolution against tobacco elimination on campus

On Thursday August 8th a special meeting was held in the Community Room to discuss the ramifications of the proposed amendment to the F-60 smoking policy. In this picture SGA members are observing President Ohrn signing the unanimous resolution against proposed Policy F-60 as written. Proposed policy F-60 bans all tobacco products on campus including electronic cigarettes. Student government has voted to oppose the ban for a number of reasons including:

  • Medical research has supported the use of electronic cigarettes as a "harm reduction" method for tobacco cigarette smokers attempting to reduce or eliminate their use. 
  • Electronic cigarettes do not contain tobacco and primarily contain nicotine. 
  • The proposed policy was created during the summer semester and without proper input from students, faculty, staff, and members of the college community. 
  • Our current tobacco policy has been implemented successfully and only minor corrections are necessary to ensure proper enforcement. 
  • Forcing students, staff, and faculty to stop smoking on campus will not eliminate personal use and creates further tension in a stressful academic environment. 
  •  Enforcement of this policy will be extremely difficult and other health and safety issues will arise if the policy is enacted.