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Tobacco-Free Policy moves to Faculty Senate

The Parthenon

Published: Monday, February 11, 2013

Updated: Monday, February 11, 2013 23:02

With the passing of the Tobacco Free Policy, Marshall University is one step closer to becoming tobacco free.

The executive committee approved the recommendation Monday for the next Faculty Senate agenda.

The proposed policy, drafted by the Student Government Association, will eliminate the use of all tobacco products on Marshall’s campus. The banned items including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, e-cigarettes, dip, pipes, cigars, cigarillos, hookah or waterpipe smoking and snuss. The policy would apply to all students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors and visitors on campus indoors and outdoors.

EJ Hassan, student president pro-tempore, said he supported the policy during the meeting and that Stephen Kopp, university president, commissioned a committee to draft the policy.

“We looked at a lot of data from past assessment days and from when faculty was assessed about this,” Hassan said.  “It seemed there was an overwhelming majority of both students and faculty that were in support of a campus wide tobacco ban.”

Last year’s assessment day results showed 71 percent of students and 74 percent of faculty would like a tobacco-free campus.

Wendy Trzyna, committee member of the College of Science, said she was in favor of the policy.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Trzyna said. “I’m glad it’s finally happening.”

Amy Saunders, director of student health education programs, attended to support the policy and address some concerns about the enforcement of the policy.

“A lot of smoking bans, if you look at the history and the trends, tend to be self enforced,” Saunders said.

Zach Tankersley, assistant professor at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, said he remembers when St. Mary instituted its tobacco ban.

“You have to be prepared to enforce it pretty strictly at first,” Tankersley said. “You have to show that you are going to enforce it.”

According to the 2012-2013 student handbook, the current smoking policy prohibits smoking inside university facilities.

The next Marshall Faculty Senate meeting will take place Feb. 28 in room BE5 in the Memorial Student Center. If the policy is approved, the final step will be to go before the Board of Governors.

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