The Health and Safety committee is working toward a proposal to have the college become a smoke free campus.
According to Jo Ann Buczko, coordinator of student health services and Health and Safety Committee member, the Board of Trustees has asked the committee to review the current smoking policy.
â€œWeâ€™ve been asked by the Board to look at the current smoking policy and make recommendations,â€ said Buczko.
Buczko says the committee is leaning toward recommending the campus become smoke free because of the ineffectiveness of the current smoking policy.
â€œWeâ€™ve tried designated areas and itâ€™s not happening. What we are looking at now is, do we want to become a smoke free campus?â€ said Buczko.
She also feels, though, that with any policy, enforcement is what plays a major role in its effectiveness. â€œI think no matter what policy you have the true issue is enforcement,â€ said Buczko.
Juan Diego Ashton, Associated Students vice president for sustainability and Health and Safety committee member, also spoke about the ineffectiveness of the current smoking policy.
â€œMy experience [is that getting] compliance with that policy hasnâ€™t been successful. I think anyone you talk to that understands it knows that itâ€™s not working,â€ said Ashton.
He also spoke of the dangers of second-hand smoke to others.
â€œI see it as a public health issue when students smoke in passage ways. Iâ€™m worried [about] the majority [of] students dealing with second-hand smoke exposure, especially when students smoke together,â€ said Ashton.
Simon Fraser, AS president, voiced the AS Boardâ€™s position on the potential new smoking policy as being one that represents the students.
â€œAs the AS president, I stand for what the students want. I canâ€™t make a decision without hearing from students,â€ said Fraser.
Others on campus expressed their concerns about a smoke-free campus.
Kevin Orellana, English, said smokers would encounter inconvenience with a smoke free campus.
â€œI think itâ€™s a bad idea because some people canâ€™t quit smoking just like that and itâ€™s going to be a hassle to get off campus to smoke,â€ he said.
Chris Sanchez, criminal justice, supports a new smoking policy and is annoyed with second hand smoke.
â€œIâ€™m for it. Itâ€™s irritating and gives me headaches,â€ said Sanchez.
Donovan Acosta, nutrition, doesnâ€™t mind the second hand smoke but understands other peopleâ€™s concern with it.
â€œPersonally, smoking doesnâ€™t bother me but I can understand how it would bother other people. It would be more convenient for others though who donâ€™t smoke,â€ said Acosta.