SGA: Tobacco policy may be going up in smoke

by News Editor Anna Beahm

The Student Government Association passed a resolution for a revision of the campus tobacco policy with a 19-1 vote Feb. 11.

The revision suggests officials designate certain tobacco-only zones on campus. The resolution states the UNA Police Department should penalize any student tobacco use outside these designated areas.

“I’m very excited (the resolution) passed,” said Chair of the Student Welfare Committee Mollie Schaefer. “I know that going totally smoke-free is the most healthy option, but that’s not what the students wanted. I hope the executive council listens to us.”

SGA previously considered a fully smoke-free campus resolution, which meant smoking or using tobacco products of any kind, including electronics, would be strictly forbidden on campus.

After surveying students, SGA found they wanted not a smoke-free campus, but areas designated for smoking on campus.