FAMU Could Soon be a Tobacco-Free Zone

By: Lauren Searcy Email
By: Lauren Searcy Email

Blue skies and fresh air makes for an ideal day on campus. And many students want to make sure that air isn't filled with gray puffs of smoke.

"Smoking cigarettes and everything it causes cancer and so many other issues and when you do it in public it has the chance to affect the people around you," said Marcus Williams, FAMU student.

Students on FAMU's health council recently introduced the idea of having a tobacco free school. the University of Florida went tobacco free in June. Cigarettes, snuff and chewing tobacco are no longer allowed on school grounds.

"It shouldn't be allowed on campus because that's something you can do at the house and this is a learning environment so I don't think it should be allowed," said John McMillon, FAMU Student.

While some may say the potential rules might be a drag for smoking students others say everyone's health should be considered.

"I'm sure there are students on campus who have asthma and breathing problems as well so it will be beneficial for all of us," added Shanize Byrd, FAMU student.

"People should think about others because second hand smoke is just as deadly as smoking itself," said Aicha Toure, FAMU student.

And while the tobacco free concept is still in the idea stages many Rattlers want to see the move go through quickly so campus doesn't smell like an ash-tray.

"Disgusting. then you walk around smelling like smoke all day. You don't want to smell like that. People will think you smoke," added Toure.

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  • by Dustin Location: FSU on Jul 22, 2010 at 10:54 PM
    How does the use of smokeless tobacco negatively affect the health of others? Why are there rules restricting smoking in your car when it is an enclosed space? Are you actively creating restrictions to curb obesity and make everyone aware of its equally-threatening and possibly MORE dangerous health effects? Why not? Let's make rules about eating junk food on campus because after all, it's bad for you. Also, it can encourage others to do the same. Thanks!
  • by Mary Dailey Location: FSU College of Medicine on Jul 15, 2010 at 05:37 AM
    We are so excited to see FAMU talking about going tobacco free. FSU has been working to make the FSU campus a Breathe Easy Zone for our students, faculty and employees. It is a long slow process but we are determined. I assisted TMH and CRMC when they went smoke free and am on the Breathe Easy Committee here at FSU. If you need any assistance in the future please feel free to contact me for any technical assistance that you need in making your goal of tobacco-free campus become a reality.
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