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By Giovanni Ortiz
It was only last semester when the main entrances of buildings were clouded with smoke from groups of cigarette or vapor smoking students. Paths of smoke surrounded smokers and nonsmokers alike.
Now, some of the smoke has cleared and only a few stray students have been spotted outside the library entrance or walking from one place to the other with a cigarette or a vapor pen between their fingers.
With the ban on tobacco on campus as of Jan. 1, there are no designated spots or locations for students to smoke. But some students are still seen using said products on campus, and campus police are doing nothing about it.
“It becomes accepted that all students are comfortable with saying it in a nonconfrontational way,” President Samuel L. Stanley said in the recent student media avail. “Not ‘put out that cigarette, right away,’ but rather ‘did you know we’re tobacco free now?’”
He does not plan on having campus police give out citations for smoking on campus, but he said if it has to come to that, he will use it as reinforcement.
Stanley wants students to use “peer pressure” as a method of policing the ban.
Some students do not like the idea, saying that it is not a good method of enforcement.
“I think it’s something that’s not going to happen a lot,” Karem Ibrahem, a senior biochemistry major, said. “It’s harmful to the atmosphere on campus and students having a more egalitarian environment.”
Ibrahem also said it would make the smokers feel unwelcome, and that there are “no real means for enforcing” the ban.
It is hard to find students who support the ban as well as finding student policing a good way to make the campus officially smoke-free.
Shehren Uddin, a sophomore majoring in political science, said that even if a student told another to stop smoking they would smoke anyway.