First it was freshman residences, then all dorms, and now the main campus: Columbia University’s tobacco policy working group has “has forwarded a set of recommendations, including a proposal to prohibit smoking in within the gated areas considered the core of campus.” The policy would go into effect in next year.
In explaining the proposed changes, the website cites, among other reasons, an “increase in number of city, state, and federal regulations regarding smoking,” “consistent decrease in number of smokers and increase in community support for more smoke-free spaces,” “encouraging healthier behaviors that translate to workplace benefits,” and “less litter, more physically attractive campus environment.”
A final decision has not been made yet on the recommendations, as open feedback sessions are being held next Tuesday and Friday, as well as the following Wednesday and Thursday (times and locations after the jump). Students can also provide confidential feedback online. A final decision will be made in the summer.
Members of Columbia University Community:
In 2008, following inquiries from the NYC Health Commissioner and changes to New York State law, Columbia University convened a tobacco workgroup to consider changes to the University tobacco policies. The group, made up of student and staff representative from 12 different schools and departments, has investigated best practices for tobacco policy on college campuses around the country. The workgroup has forwarded a set of recommendations, including a proposal to prohibit smoking in within the gated areas considered the core of campus. As a part of this policy consideration, we are soliciting feedback from students, faculty, and staff. We invite you to visit the following website to review the proposal (including maps and proposed designated smoking areas) and provide confidential feedback: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/studentservices/docs/smoking/index.html
In addition to providing comments via this website, you may also elect to attend one of the following four open forum feedback sessions:
- Tuesday, April 21, 2009 from 12:00 – 1:00pm in Lerner 477
- Friday, April 24, 2009 from 12:00 – 1:00pm in Lerner 568
- Wednesday, April 29, 2009 from 5:00 – 6:00pm in Lerner 569
- Thursday, April 30, 2009 from 5:00 – 6:00pm in Lerner 569
Following this feedback period, the proposal and community comments will be forwarded to University administration for consideration. A decision on the proposal is expected to be made during the summer of 2009. If you have additional questions or comments, please email Michael McNeil at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your feedback.
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