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Designated Smoking Locations To Go Into Effect July 1

A statement sent out by Columbia cleared up some of the details of the USenate smoking ban talked about at the last meeting, stating that the smoking areas seen on the map will go into effect on July 1. Notably, one of the areas is in front of Butler, so studiers stepping outside for a breath […]

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Columbia Smokeout

The authorities are mobilizing. Kristen Sylvester, Associate Director of the Office of Residential Programs sent out the following email earlier today: Dear East Campus Residents, I hope this message finds you well in full swing of the semester.  I am writing to clarify the smoking policy as it relates to East Campus, specifically our courtyard.  […]

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Overheard: But It Looks So Cool

Little kid, maybe 13 years old, wearing a backpack walking with classmates. With a concerned look at the ashtrays outside of Hamilton: “I know there’s a lot of peer pressure at college, but why does everyone have to smoke so much?”

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Bwoglines: Brave New Moral Future Edition

You can’t live in sin next year. Stay tuned to Bwog for more coverage. Cigarettes will no longer be allowed to be called “light,” but will instead be conveniently color-coded. (NYT) A J-School alum was just named Times National Editor. (NYT) CU Researchers find that pretending to be happy is good for you (Daily News)

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Tobacco Survey Meets Tech Delays

Hey, remember that proposed smoking ban? The survey for that ban was originally supposed to be e-mailed to a random sampling of students on Nov. 4, but as you probably have realized by now, nobody’s received it yet. Turns out, it’s a communication thing. CCSC VP for Policy Sarah Weiss tells Bwog the council can’t […]

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Smokers Fight Back Against The War on Fun

As academics and poseurs alike raise their lighters in revolt against the impending smoking ban, Students for Sensible Drug Policy have drafted an open letter to the Tobacco Workgroup protesting its methodology. The ban proposed by Michael McNeil and the Workgroup would outlaw smoking within Columbia’s property, even extending its reach to the surrounding sidewalks. […]

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Magazine Preview: The Smoking Ban

Next week the student councils will be sending a survey out to the student body, to gather opinion on the proposed campus smoking ban. To provide a little background, tonight we present senior editor Adam Kuerbitz’s feature on the ban, from the new issue of the Blue and White. The cigarette break has changed drastically […]

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Morning Roundup: Damn the Man

In a surprising blow to future bureaucrats, Columbia cuts funding for student governing boards (Spec). New York finds out who will take on Bloomberg as residents vote in primary elections (NY1). While you’re still smoking 25 feet away from Butler, remember that the city might ban smoking in public parks (Gawker). Remember that one time […]

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Smoking to Be Banned Inside University Gates?

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 […]

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The Marlboro Man Strikes Twice

Bwog scavenger Eliza Shapiro spotted an interesting pair of discarded packets outside of John Jay last night: That makes three warning labels ignored. 

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Metaphors Planted in Front of Hamilton

Now that Columbia’s buildings (and the 25 feet surrounding those buildings) are officially smoke-free, the ashtrays in front of Hamilton — the longtime home of many a clove extinguished in the minutes before a humanities class — have been turned into flower pots. The War on Tobacco has taken a most poetic turn. Photo by […]

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Smoke This

Looks like there may be more kids lighting up outside Butler soon–if ESC gets its way, smoking will be prohibited in all suites, the last step in a process that began two years ago with the banning of smoking in corridor-syle housing. ESC passed a resolution tonight (14 in favor, 0 against, and 5 abstaining) […]

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Best ad campaign ever

Walking through Times Square the other day, Bwog happened upon a rather bizarre storefront: the Nicorette Stop Shop, a corporate-smelling endeavor to get 1,000,000 people to stop smoking. With gum. They’ll even pay you to do it. Stop smoking! All the stuffed bananas and pineapples are doing it!

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