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Regents might ban all campus tobacco use

Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 7:36 AM
Last updated 11:45 PM
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Tobacco use would be banned on all the state’s public college and university campuses under a policy the state Board of Regents is set to discuss at its monthly meeting Wednesday. If the Regents adopt the policy, the ban would take effect July 1.

The so-called “Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus Policy” would prohibit tobacco use on University System of Georgia property, which includes the campuses of UGA and 30 other public colleges and universities. The Board of Regents is the appointed body that sets policy for Georgia public colleges, the country’s fourth-largest university system.

The ban would apply not only to cigars, cigarettes and pipes. It would also bar the use of smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes and hookahs. Even electronic cigarettes, which allow users to inhale a nicotine mist without actually lighting up, might get banned.

The tobacco ban would be total in other ways as well.

Tobacco use would be prohibited not only on property owned by the university system, but property it leases or rent.

Tobacco use would be prohibited in vehicles on the campus, and the ban would apply not only to students, faculty and staff, but to contractors, spectators at sporting events and to other campus visitors.

Other Athens area colleges and schools banned smoking years ago.

Gainesville State College (now the largest part of the University of North Georgia) outlawed lighting up in 2003, and when the college expanded to a satellite campus in Watkinsville, the ban followed.

Piedmont College prohibited smoking on campus in 2007.

A number of other area institutions have also enacted rules against lighting up on their grounds, including the Athens-Clarke County Library, area hospitals and the Clarke County School District, which adopted a rule years ago that banned not only tobacco use but possession of tobacco products on school grounds.

Athens Technical College adopted a smoking ban in 2009.

UGA administrators tightened up smoking rules in 2011, but stopped short of a total ban. A rule promulgated that year barred lighting up within 35 feet of a building entrance.

Smoking is prohibited in public buildings by state law, and is banned in Sanford Stadium and other UGA athletic facilities under UGA Athletic Association policy.

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.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/06/14 - 08:50 am
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Silly

This is over the top. How are they going to enforce a smoking ban on those acres and acres of farm fields UGA has?

sand gnat
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sand gnat 01/06/14 - 11:08 am
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Proposed Policy

The proposed policy should be amended to include all diet sodas. That artificial sweetner is bad for you.

Dseven
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Dseven 01/06/14 - 11:43 am
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Ban everything!

Oh yeah! diet sodas, cheeseburgers, ban everything! This country has become a joke at all levels! It seems like anyone or any organization in any position of power whatsoever feels compeled to control what other people do, say and think.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/06/14 - 01:06 pm
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Walking with headphones/ear

Walking with headphones/ear buds can also be hazardous. Policing that may be coming soon to a property near you. Mebbe if you walk into a work zone with them on, the fines can be increased like on the road.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/06/14 - 03:31 pm
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Don't you wish they would be

Don't you wish they would be as diligent about enforcing a ban on illegal drugs and smoking marijuana? Threi rent-a-cops can't manage to enforce any of that but they will be busting their butts to "catch the guy with the pack of Winstons".

And good luck with enforcing the e-cigarettes. First of all, you have NO legal reason to do so. Secondly, I already have a simulated candy bar rigged to hold my e-cigarette that I can pull on in the middle of a crowd and nobody can see. If you hold that vapor just a second or two it completely disappears. Anybody who thinks they can ban them are idiots. You cannot prevent people from using them on campus any more than you can catch all of those little dope smokers you are supposed to be teaching....and faculty dope smokers too.

Facists idiots.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 01/06/14 - 03:59 pm
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I wonder if they are going to

I wonder if they are going to ban nicotine lozenges and gum also.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/06/14 - 05:56 pm
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Kind of Like High School

It reminds me of high school. Before school and at lunch time, those who smoked went way out on the campus to the smoking tree.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 01/06/14 - 06:48 pm
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High School was fifty years ago.
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For fifty years now we have had documented proof of the harm tobacco products do to the public health of everyone. For our public schools to just now start to think about the health of our students is sad, but late is better than never. Nicotine is so powerful that it is the “third rail” of politics, This Nations leaders at the highest levels are addicted and thus unable to commit any energy to preserving the health of our citizens. What someone does in their own home is their business, when in pubic it becomes everyone’s business. I notice most of the folks posting here do not understand this (an addiction will blur reason and logic in that way) stating that two other wrongs make them right.

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nocnoc 01/06/14 - 10:22 pm
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Regents to consider Sex on campus as a replacement.

nahhh not really,
but it would help take the edge off for many smokers.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 01/07/14 - 12:19 am
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I bet the docs who smoke will

I bet the docs who smoke will have a fit for discrimination. I think about 20% of physicians smoke and then there are the PhDs too-especially foreign. Unfortunately federal law nor Georgia State laws will prevent GRU from a no smoking tolerance-even of employees. They can discriminate and fire nor hire a smoker. Less than 30 states have laws forbidding smoking discrimination-Georgia isn't one of them. They can provide smoking cessation programs so all employees quit or leave.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 01/07/14 - 11:11 am
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Smokers
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Ban the use of tobacco products in public. To allow anyone to poison others is criminal. We do not let the public urinate or deficate in public why do we let people spit, smoke or otherwise spread toxic waste?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 01/07/14 - 12:36 pm
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Oldredneck Cheery pickin'

Oldredneck Cheery pickin' when we allow so many ppm, etc. of a list of toxic compounds and carcinogens longer than my arms in air, water, and food. Nicotene is in tomatoes, eggplants have quite a lot, etc.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 01/08/14 - 12:04 pm
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Bizkit
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How long have you been smoking tomatos? How many wrongs give you the right to poison others?

David Parker
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David Parker 01/10/14 - 12:05 pm
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So basically, everyone

So basically, everyone should be seperated from each others' atmosphere so that no contact or shared environment can be achieved. This is the ONLY recourse to accomplish the point of banning cigs. If I have the flu, I can walk into class and cough up some phlegm that is tainted with death, but light up and your unlawful. Brilliant.

This doesn't even touch on all the other perceived hazardous behavior that folks engage in every second, every minute, of every day. I personally believe, folks that swim who have not completed a certified water safety courses and passed Life Saving training should not be allowed in water above the knees. When they do, there is a potential of them becoming distressed, someone sees the problem and jumps in to save them and now two lives are in the balance, if one dies, then their family suffers (butterfly effect). See how fair play works? Sorry, but hating on tobacco equates to government control of your life in ways that it was not intended. Move to North Korea with Rodman if that's your bag.

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