USFs partial smoking ban has hurdles to overcome
Starting today, members of the USF community worried about the damaging effects of cigarettes and secondhand smoke may breath a deep sigh of relief as a campus-wide smoking ban goes into effect.
Yet USFs advertising campaign, which proclaims, Change is in the Air, may need to be amended when one realizes the actual specifications of the smoking ban.
There are 25 designated smoking areas on campus, including the Library, Cooper Hall and nine different residential areas. Considering these locations are already the most densely populated smoking spots on campus, it seems unlikely anyone will notice the difference.
While designated areas are necessary and appreciated for any smoking ban, with all of the time, energy and resources spent to make the partial ban a reality, its effectiveness can still be debated.
USFs St. Petersburg campus is a smoke-free campus, which may seem like the most appealing choice for those fed up with smoking at USF, and follows in the footsteps of universities such as the University of Florida. UF is a 100 percent tobacco free campus, according to its website.
Yet even completely banning tobacco seems unlikely to curb smoking on campus. About a month after UFs campus-wide smoking ban went into effect, the school newspaper, The Alligator, reported that students were still smoking freely.
UF Police Department Public Information Officer Capt. Jeff Holcomb claimed the bans effectiveness was hard to declare because it cant be punishable like a law, and student Matt Watts was still smoking on campus.
I just dont see the real validity to the whole ban. Theres nothing they can do, Watts told The Alligator, adding: Ill continue to smoke on campus until (UF President) Bernie Machen himself says I cant do it.
Like UF, USFs smoking ban is community-enforced, and whether it is actually heeded by the more than 45,000 students enrolled on the campus and its countless visitors remains to be seen. Legally, there is still nothing wrong with smoking on your way to class, and while things such as disruptive conduct and reckless injurious behavior could be grounds for expulsion from the University, there is no explicit mention of obeying smoking rules in the student code of conduct.
Students cannot be arrested, fined or ticketed for smoking outside of USFs designated smoking areas. Yet those found smoking outside of the designated sections are subject to complaints to the Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities, Purchasing and Property Services and employee supervisors based on the individuals relationship to USF, according to the University website.
It is fairly unreasonable to possibly damage an individuals employment or educational success because they neglected to follow a policy with no legal consequences.
In short, USFs partial ban has a numerous problems to solve to be successful, including selection of designated areas that are already the most frequented smoking spaces, the question of enforcement and the long development time of the ban itself.
Though smoking has inarguably damaging health effects and cessation should be promoted, spending months of deliberation on an ultimately ineffective smoking ban only scratches the surface.
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
More usforacle News Articles
Recent usforacle News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR USFORACLE
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST USFORACLE NEWS
- Quinton Flowers wins AAC Offensive Player of the Year
- BOT formally approves Genshaft bonus
- Top 10 moments of the fall semester
- Netflix: No Wi-Fi needed
- USF Health Services sees spike in clients as exams near
- USF System President Genshaft up for performance-based stipend
- USF students reflect on fall semester
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Three Simple Swaps for a Healthier Lunch
- Epilepsy Awareness Day 2016 Largest Turnout Ever
- Give the Gift of Connectivity, Without the Stress
- New Cancer Treatment Continues to Progress By Filing for...
- How Many Years Does it Take to Become a Doctor of...
- Many Working Mothers Can't Afford Their Health Insurance...
- A Date with Destiny: Video Games Teach Kids Life Lessons
- The Magic Number for Millennials: $51,000
- A New Read on Literacy: The 3 Keys to Building Lifelong...
- Celebra una fiesta de Posadas inolvidable para tu familia...
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- PEPSICO AND 21ST CENTURY FOX ANNOUNCE "THE SEARCH FOR HIDDEN FIGURES"
- The Most Popular Entry-Level Jobs and Companies for College Graduates
- National Meningitis Association Urges Students to take Pledge2Prevent
- American Cancer Society and CVS Health Foundation Award Grants to Help 20 Colleges and Universities Go Tobacco-Free in Largest Initiative of Its Kind
- BPU Offers Sentiment Analysis Free to Universities