Students React to New Smoking Policy
Students, faculty, staff and visitors can now only smoke on campus in designated smoking areas.
USF student Erin Depew lights up in a designated smoking area on the Tampa campus. Photo: Daylina Miller | USF News
TAMPA, Fla. (March. 20, 2012) – Months of blackboard announcements and signs placed around the campus advised students of the new smoking policy. On Tuesday, March 20, it went in effect.
There are now 25 designated smoking areas spread across campus. While fines will not be issued for violators, enforcement will rely on community policing and any student who continually refuses to abide by the policy may be considered in violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
The policy defines smoking as inhaling, exhaling, burning, carrying or possessing any lighted tobacco, including but not limited to, cigars, cigarettes, cigarillos, pipes, bidis, and hookahs.
For information on who to contact if a violation occurs, visit this website.
The purpose for policy, according to USF, is to provide “a healthy working, learning and living environment for the campus community and reduce the risk of secondhand smoke exposure to students.”
Communications student Erin Depew discussed his distaste for the new policy.
“I understand theme parks [having designated smoking areas] because they're family- friendly and you're trying to be respectful to the younger kids,” Depew said. “But this is a college campus.”
Arthur Morgan, a political science student, feels like the new policy restricts his freedoms when he already takes into consideration non-smoking students.
“I feel that I'm a responsible smoker and when I do choose to enjoy this habit, I am polite and don't do it around non-smokers,” Morgan said. “I feel like [the new policy] is forcing us into these little groups.”
Chanel Tabares, who is studying psychology, said she enjoys being able to walk around most places now on campus without being able to smell cigarette smoke.
“I've seen the signs all over USF and I’m happy because I went to HCC and they had designated smoking areas so I was wondering why USF didn't have that yet,” Tabares said.
For more information about and a map of the designated smoking areas, please visit www.usf.edu/smoking
Daylina Miller can be reached at 813-500-8754.