November 3, 2014

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Tarleton enforces revised tobacco use policy Bethany Brooks

Senior Reporter bethany@jtacnews.com

As of Oct. 1, Tarleton State University has revised its smoking and tobacco policy. Students, faculty, staff and visitors of the university must now smoke in designated smoking areas only. These areas are made noticeable by “smoking area” signs. In each designated area, there are ash trays and other materials to extinguish the cigarettes. This policy includes e-cigarettes, also.

“I don’t like the idea of not being able to smoke wherever I would like.”

-Kelby Jones Senior

“I don’t like the idea of not being able to smoke wherever I would like,” said Kelby Jones, a senior business administration major at Tarleton. “While smoking is not illegal, I do understand how the university doesn’t want those of us who smoke to do so near doorways so the smoke doesn’t go inside the building.” This policy enforces the fact that no one is able to smoke within 50 feet of a doorway to a university building. Eating areas, athletic facilities, housing and vehicles associated with the university also fall under this revision. “I love the new smoking policy,” said junior elementary education major Samantha Stewart. “I have severe asthma, and smoke makes it difficult for me to breathe. When I used to walk out of class, it would kill me to inhale it. I would be short of breath and trying to walk around campus. I think having designated areas helps a lot because it doesn’t just hit me right when I walk out the doors of a building.” Visitors of Tarleton will be asked to leave the campus if they cannot comply with the new rules, while those attending or working for Tarleton will be directed to the Tarleton Safety Manager, the Dean of Students, the Director of Human Resources or, if

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“I think having designated areas helps a lot because it doesn’t just hit me right when I walk out the doors of a building.”

photos by Heather Capps/ JTAC News 2014

the individual is an employee, the immediate supervisor or department head, according to the Tarleton Police Department. “The TSU police will initially inform

folks the policy has changed and hopefully be an educational tool to gain compliance,” said Tarleton State University Police Lieutenant Al Allcon. “After a period of time I would expect this

-Samantha Stewart Junior

will be a referral to the Judicial Officer if a violation was a student. If an employee [faculty/staff member] it would be a referral to Employee Services.” For more information on the revision, students, faculty and staff may refer to the campus rules or the Rules, Procedures, and Standard Administrative Procedures. Both are available at www.tarleton.edu. The Office of Risk Management and Compliance can also be contacted at (254)968-9415 for more information.

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