Troy University Smoking Ban

By: Ashley Edlund Email
By: Ashley Edlund Email

Kimberli Mccain isn't trying to quit.

Mccain said, “I wouldn't want to smoke on campus, but it wouldn't want to make me change my lifestyle.”

But Troy University wants the cigarette out of her hand.

A campus-wide tobacco ban started for smokers just like her August 13th.

Now, everyone has to leave it at home and go off campus to use it. Teachers, faculty and staff are included.

Health and Wellness Committee Chairman Shane Tatum said, “All tobacco products are not allowed to be used on any campus owned operated or leased by Troy University.”

None at all. That includes cigars, water pipes, even smokeless tobacco. But Tatum says it's not a punishment.

Tatum said, “In today’s society, there is a culture change of healthy lifestyle and we're going to try to help them by educating them and offering them programs.”

Programs some students think will help everyone, not just smokers.

Sophomore Taylor Blue said, “I feel like the campus will be a lot cleaner.”

Senior Tyler Ray says he agrees, but thinks there was more than just one option out there.

Ray said,” I think it's good they're trying something new but i think the designated smoking areas could have been better.”

Still, Tatum says he's hearing both sides of the argument

Tatum said, “I’ve heard a lot of positive...from students and from staff one staff told me the other day they were looking for a reason to quit and this gave them a reason.”

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