Potential Smoking Ban Coming to Georgia CollegesWritten on January 6, 2014
The State of Georgia Board of Regents is set to meet on Wednesday Jan 8, 2014 to discuss a new smoking ban that could affect all 31 colleges in the University System of Georgia, including Kennesaw State University. The board of regents is the elected governing body of the Georgia University System, which is the fourth largest of its kind in the US.
This new policy isn’t just aimed at smokers either. “Tobacco use is the leading cause of avoidable death in the United States, causing more deaths annually than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries and firearm-related incidents combined, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
With this in mind, the Board of Regents are looking at taking the smoking ban a step further to encompass all forms of tobacco on state campuses including cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, hookahs and even electronic cigarettes which are used to obtain nicotine through a smokeless mist. Furthermore, the ban would be extended not only to all campus property, but also to any facilities, events or venues rented or leased by any public state college.
Smoking on college campuses has long been under fire in the University System of Georgia and at Kennesaw State University where it is already against policy to smoke within 35 feet of any building entrance. This ban was imposed in order to relieve any potential non-smokers from being affected by second hand smoke from cigarettes, cigars and pipes. With the implementation of this new policy however, all forms of tobacco will be completely banned altogether regardless of whether or not it is strictly under personal non-interfering use.
What does this mean for students and the community? With these new bans becoming more common and widespread amongst the university systems and at Kennesaw State University as well, these colleges may potentially receive revenue through fines and citations issued by college police officers. Just like any other mandate set by the schools, these policies can subject a student to costly tickets and even potential suspension for repeat offenses.
Be sure to stay tuned on whether or not this new ban passes as it is expected to go into effect July 1st. If you or your children attend Kennesaw State or any other public college, be sure to understand the policy beforehand because even though these aren’t actually considered to be criminal charges, they could seriously impact the future of a student just the same.