Cal State Fullerton Becomes 100% Smoke-Free Campus - Kind Of

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This little lady's been puffin' since 1911
Over half a mile long and a quarter mile wide, Cal State Fullerton is a sprawling and wide-open campus featuring mostly drab, Brutalist architecture. Landscaping is minimal, the walks between buildings are long, and as of yesterday this entire, expansive area, including surrounding parking lots and the beloved Arboretum, will be "100% Smoke-Free." All ashtrays on campus have been yanked out and are being replaced with "No Smoking" signs.

Administrators are calling the policy "Directive 18," and it's the first of its kind for Cal State institutions. They've somehow managed to fool themselves with the notion that banning smoking on campus will make more students and faculty quit, as opposed to make them anxious to get off campus and have a cigarette. One can only imagine what tenured faculty think of implementing this policy on a 56-year-old campus that once had a ton of naked hippies running around it.

Limiting smoking to designated areas, like at the neighboring Fullerton Junior College, is a much more balanced policy: not everyone smokes, so don't allow smoke everywhere. But banning smoking in someone's personal vehicle that is parked in a lot on campus is excessive. And it's not just cigarettes either, it's all "tobacco" products. That means chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes, the latter containing no actual tobacco whatsoever.

Yet with all these announcements and feigned excitement over becoming a smoke-free campus, CSUF states on their website that the policy will not be enforced by campus police. No, instead of getting a ticket, CSUF is hoping that the policy will instill some kind of social responsibility on the community that will lead to students or faculty confronting rule-breakers themselves. They've even put up a form online where concerned parties can report a smoking violation and attach photos that they creepily took with their camera phone.

This vigilante, no-smoking enforcement idea is growing though, as UC Berkeley plans to implement a very similar policy on January 1 2014. Natasha Hanna-Scott, a Conservation student at Berkeley is absolutely dreading the change. "I'm at school for 10 hours some days, and you're telling me I'm going to have to fucking walk-off campus for a smoke break?," she complains, adding that it's often unsafe for girls to walk off campus at night.

The rule will undoubtedly be broken in sizable numbers across CSUF and Berkeley, especially because both campuses are so huge and even hundreds of virtual hall monitors couldn't fully patrol them. But administrators see it as a future trend. The Dean of Students at CSUF, Lea Jarnagin, Ed.D, told the Daily Titan last year, "Since I don't have a crystal ball, it's hard for me to project, but I would not be at all surprised [if more schools and establishment adopted no-smoking policies]," said Jarnagin. "It's never without pain, though... change is coming."

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johnepower
johnepower

In an environment where learning is job one this is ridiculous.

 This rule is not to be enforced by campus police.

Students and faculty are supposed to either castigate the non compliant or upload a picture of the offender to whom who will do what?

A teacher could face retaliation with scheduling of classes that will crimp anyones style.  Here's an early bird class and then for laughs here's one at rush hour and for giggles here's a late night class to keep you away from home and family in the evening.

The admissions officer who could block student loan assistance.  In 1984 the children spied on their parents and everybody was leary of everybody else through the ability to secretly bear witness against someone else.

Jose Manuel Perez
Jose Manuel Perez

I don't know if its because I'm getting older, but I notice more ignorance and lack of consideration for others around youth and peers as well. Its not about loop holes or if it causes health issues. Its about what affects people around you; "yes believe it or not your choices not only affect you but others as well". All I ask is lets start the process of a youth society about just, "getting mine". And be a youth that stands and represents "how can I help you neighbor". Again this is directed towards youth; don't scapegoat this statement by saying well adults do this or blame others. We can easily point out flaws in our neighbors; while ignoring our own areas of growth.

Nunyo Biznuss
Nunyo Biznuss

No cigarettes, yes e-cigs in general use areas. Cigar club, keep if private and ventilated. Common sense. Having asthma, it would be nice to have perfume gone as well. 20 minutes in the room with a heavy perfume wearer guarantees me an emergency room or pulmonary specialist visit for shots and breathing treatments. As much as I dislike the smell of farts, they don't cost me $300 in ER fees.

William Johnson
William Johnson

The research documented in other countries. The USA is behind on this.

Cameron Collins
Cameron Collins

Yes. People should be able to make choices for themselves. Regulation sucks!

Kanani Fong
Kanani Fong

I hate this nanny state. People make dumb decisions that affect their long term health everyday. If they want to smoke, fine, but do charge them extra for the student healthcare plan. The public shouldn't have to absorb the cost for them to start a lifelong dance with emphysema.

Tom Slick Pearson
Tom Slick Pearson

Cigarette smokers should not have their rights trampled on. Therefore, CSF should have actual designated smoking areas. As for E-cigs...People should be able to "smoke" those anywhere. Its vapor, and since it doesn't burn, it carries trace amount to no carcinogens.

Irene Arellano
Irene Arellano

Skateboarding is also not allowed anymore because of liability issues? Perhaps our school administration needs something real to worry about... I can work on that.

Alexandra Miller
Alexandra Miller

my campus is technically "smoke free" aka those dumbasses got rid of butt cans and put up signs , and occasionally people condescendingly cough at u. good job now smokers will just toss on the ground again? i dont smoke anymore so i'm not that pissed , but people should be allowed to use their e-cigs and vapes anywhere. i blaze my iolite in the library #420

Joel White
Joel White

With them raising tuition every year? They should supply cigarettes.

Danny Chiang
Danny Chiang

I think if they had designated spots that's fine. The research on whether ecig second hand "smoke" is bad for your or not isn't complete, so maybe a temp ban until more research is complete (or at least ban it indoors).

Larry Siratt
Larry Siratt

And the trend continues with lumping e-cigs in with cigarettes. I continue to shake my head at these types...

Charlene Keeler
Charlene Keeler

Yes. What will become illegal next? Farting? Farting bothers me more than cigarette smoke. CSUF should be working on improving the quality of education and strengthening their programs after the budget crisis instead of enforcing trivial rules based on paranoia.

René Bruce
René Bruce

FUK no ! I see idiots all over OC tossing cigs onto the ground... it's disgusting !!!

Cynthia Gonzalez
Cynthia Gonzalez

CSUF has a cigar club... so Idk how this is gonna work out

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

The usual authoritarian nonsense from the loony left. Not a smoker but how does it affect you a bit if I want to dip or smoke outside?!? It doesn't. Same line of thinking that got sodas banned in NYC. Liberals trying to tell other people how to live their lives because they know better than us dumb folk. When people tell the libs to go jump in a lake, they legislate their crazy ideas.

Arielle Tevebaugh
Arielle Tevebaugh

As long as their is designated smoking spots like in the parking lots (which there already is). I don't see a problem. More of a happy compromise. I get to have my cigarette, you don't have to be around me while I do it...

Albert Garcia
Albert Garcia

"13 volunteers, again in a one-hour period of time, reported picking up 7,641 butts, some just inches away from an ash can."

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Maybe you should stay home and live in a hermetically sealed bubble or get better insurance .

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@Albert Garcia What about dipping? Why they banning that and ecigs if littering is an issue? Be honest here. You know good and well it's the authoritarian health nazi libs who want to tell everyone else how to live their lives. 

LPHastings
LPHastings

@Albert Garcia Yeah, that's super gross! But banning smoking on campus isn't going to stop people who litter - they don't care either way. Which sucks :(

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