Smoking Ban On Georgia University Campuses Up For Vote

By: Winnie Anne Wright Email
By: Winnie Anne Wright Email

Winnie Anne Wright
January 8, 2013

Valdosta, GA - The Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia will consider a vote Wednesday evening to ban tobacco from all public college campuses across the state, including Valdosta State University.

"Well, I'm no expert on it, but I think it's a good idea since the effects of second-hand smoke are well documented. As far as banning all tobacco products, I think it's a little overboard. If you want to use an e-cigarette, or dip tobacco, that's on you", says Don Blair, a student at VSU.

VSU's SGA President, William Jimerson says he believes a non smoking policy would have more merit if it came from the state, he only has one concern...

"If we do do a ban on campus or if we do do designate areas on our campus, how will we go about policing those efforts? That's the ongoing discussion as well, to say do we need to make a partnership with University Police, to issue tickets to those individuals, or how will we enforce if we do have such a policy on our campus? "

At last check, no decision had been made by The Board of Regents.


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