Students react to tobacco free policy

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As of Jan. 1, 2015 Oswego State enacted their tobacco-free policy; a campus wide campaign which prohibits students from using tobacco products on college premises, and in any vehicle on campus. The policy prevents the use of e-cigarettes, hookah pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and clove cigarettes.

Despite the many restrictions of the tobacco free initiative, the current method allows smoking at designated areas off campus. This includes outside a 25 perimeter surrounding building entrances, exits, windows, loading docks, and air intakes. The tobacco free policy relies on the compliance of individuals in the Oswego State community. If a student does not obey the smoke-free policy, a faculty member can notify administrative services. The student will then be referred to a smoking cessation program offered at Mary Walker Health Center.

The Lifestyle Center has adopted the campaign “Stache the Ash” and “Oz-Quits”, in an effort to educate the community on the effects tobacco can have on you.  The university hopes to advocate a safe, clean, and environmentally friendly environment.

Oswego State is not alone in their policy to be smoke-free, over 800 colleges across the United States are on board with the healthy initiative. This includes colleges closest to campus such as Cayuga Community College, Syracuse University, and SUNY Cortland.