Resolution 99-02: A LITTLE FRESH AIR

Number 99-02
Description Regulating Smoking Areas
Authored by Stephen Swearingen
Sponsored by Matt Ribitzki
Arturo Elizondo
Date Submitted Tuesday, September 1, 1998
Date Considered Tuesday, September 29, 1998
General Body Vote Thursday, January 1, 1970
Committee Academic Affairs
Result Killed By Committee
Remarks FAILED - Very difficult to enforce, and there have been few complaints regarding this issue.
Whereas Secondhand smoke contains carcinogens, and people with asthma are particularly susceptible to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke as are people with allergies; and
Whereas Some buildings on campus like Trimble Hall are designed in such a manner so as to keep secondhand smoke within the area rather that to allow it to dissipate, and breathing air is not optional; and
Whereas Every single entrance to practically every building has smokers smoking right next to the doors; and
Whereas Even though the smoking activity is outside, the secondhand smoke accumulates at each of these entrances and non smoking students must pass through this cloud of smoke; and
Whereas The non-smoking ordinances are not being effective if non-smokers must breathe in secondhand smoke in order to enter any building on campus.
Be It Further Resolved That The university enact a new smoking ordinance that is more protective of the health of non smokers by restricting smoking to only one entrance per building and designating the other entrances as smoke free; and
Be It Further Resolved That That it be noted that this is not an attempt to punish smokers or restrict their rights, but merely an adjustment of current regulations so as to better protect the rights of all the students on campus.